An area of Yellowstone National Park was closed yesterday after an employee found a human foot, still in its shoe, floating in a hot spring.
An investigation is underway after the macabre discovery in the Abyss Pool on Tuesday, National Park officials report.
No further information is available at this time. The area has since reopened.
“Tuesday’s discovery at Abyss Pool led to the temporary closure of the West Thumb Geyser Basin and its parking lot. The area has since reopened.”
– Yellowstone statement
According to Wikipedia, Abyss Pool, located west of the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake, is 53 feet (16 meters) deep and the temperature is about 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 Celsius). It is on the south side of the southern loop through the park.
Yellowstone is the fifth most dangerous national park in the country and more than twenty people have perished in its hot springs over the years.