Investigation into foot found in Yellowstone pool pending DNA results


The investigation into a foot found floating in a hot spring pool in Yellowstone National Park is awaiting DNA confirmation of the person’s identity, park and local officials said this week.

In mid-August, a park employee found part of a person’s foot inside a shoe floating in Abyss Pool, one of the park’s deepest thermal features.

Days later, park officials said they suspected the foot was linked to an incident at Abyss Pool involving a person on July 31. Officials did not explain what the incident involved, but said there was no indication of foul play.

The park has not released any additional information about the event since then. In an email to the Star-Tribune, a park spokeswoman said more information would be released after law enforcement makes a final identification of the person beginning July 31.

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Teton County Coroner Brent Blue said his office is awaiting DNA confirmation of the person’s identity. This information will come from the state crime lab, which is located in Cheyenne.

Blue said he expects that information to come in maybe in the next few weeks.

A Maryland man told The Associated Press that he and his family spotted the shot floating in the hot spring on the morning of August 11. He reported this information to park officials after news of the foot became public about a week later.

Abyss Pool is located in the southern part of the park. It has a temperature of 140 degrees and a depth of 50 feet.

People have already been seriously injured or killed in the park’s swimming pools and thermal baths.

In May 2020, a woman illegally entering the park while closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, he fell into a thermal feature at Old Faithful while backing up and taking photos, the park said. She was airlifted to the Burn Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

In September 2018, a man suffered severe burns after falling into hot spring water near Old Faithful’s cone, the park said.

In June 2016, an Oregon man died after leaving the boardwalk and slipped and fell in a hot spring in the Norris Geyser Basin. An investigation later revealed the man was looking to soak in a spa pool when he fell.

A person also died in August 2000 after falling into a hot spring in the Lower Geyser Basin. Two other people were badly burned.


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