Foot discovered floating in Yellowstone spring belonged to L.A. man

A part of a human foot discovered floating in a shoe in Yellowstone Nationwide Park’s Abyss Pool about three months in the past belonged to a 70-year-old Los Angeles man who died in an unspecified incident, authorities mentioned Thursday.

Within the final three weeks, DNA evaluation matched the foot to Il Hun Ro, park officers mentioned. His household has been notified.

On Aug. 16, a park staffer discovered the physique half within the Abyss Pool, a well known scorching spring in Yellowstone’s West Thumb Geyser Basin in northwestern Wyoming, the Nationwide Park Service mentioned.

“The investigation determined, to the best of our knowledge, that an unwitnessed incident involving one individual happened on the morning of July 31 … and no foul play occurred,” park officers mentioned. “Based on a lack of evidence, the circumstances surrounding the death of Ro remain unknown.”

The Nationwide Park Service’s investigation has concluded, and officers didn’t have further data to share Thursday.

The Abyss Pool plunges greater than 50 ft and is among the deepest scorching springs in Yellowstone, in keeping with the park service. Its temperature is about 140 levels.

Yellowstone officers mentioned guests ought to use excessive warning round scorching springs and different thermal options, and may keep on boardwalks and trails.

The bottom round hydrothermal areas of the park is skinny and fragile, and scalding water lies just under the floor.

Guests have been severely burned and killed in Yellowstone’s geothermal areas.

On Oct. 4, 2021, a 20-year-old lady from Washington suffered vital burns from her shoulders to her ft when she tried to rescue her canine from Maiden’s Grave Spring, park officers mentioned. The water within the spring reaches 200 levels.

The lady was transported to a burn middle, and the canine died.

Weeks earlier, on Sept. 16, a 19-year-old lady from Rhode Island suffered second- and third-degree burns to five% of her physique within the Outdated Devoted space.

And on June 7, 2016, 23-year-old Colin Scott of Portland, Ore., walked off a boardwalk, slipped and fell right into a scorching spring at Norris Geyser Basin and died, officers mentioned.