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Human foot, shoe found in Yellowstone hot spring

The Abyss Pool is one of the deepest hot springs at Yellowstone National Park and has a temperature of about 140 degrees. File Photo courtesy of the National Park Service
The Abyss Pool is one of the deepest hot springs at Yellowstone National Park and has a temperature of about 140 degrees. File Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Yellowstone National Park rangers warned visitors about the dangers of the park's hot springs after an official found a shoe with a foot in it in the Abyss Pool.

The NPS said an employee found the remains Tuesday at the pool located in the West Thumb Geyser Basin.

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Officials believe the foot belonged to a person involved in an incident July 31. Park officials didn't offer any details of the incident.

"Currently, the park believes there was no foul play. The investigation is continuing to determine the circumstances surrounding the death," the park said in a news release Friday.

The Abyss Pool is more than 50 feet deep, one of the deepest hot springs in Yellowstone. It has a temperature of about 140 degrees.

"Visitors are reminded to stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas and exercise extreme caution around thermal features. The ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and there is scalding water just below the surface," the park said.

The NPS temporarily closed the West Thumb Geyser Basin and associated parking lot, but it has since been reopened.

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