Yellowstone officials identify person whose foot was found floating in hot spring

FILE - In this photo provided by the National Park Service is the Abyss Pool hot spring in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., in June 2015.  (AP)
FILE - In this photo provided by the National Park Service is the Abyss Pool hot spring in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., in June 2015. (AP)

Yellowstone National Park officials say that the foot found floating in one of the park’s deepest hot springs belonged to a 70-year-old man from Los Angeles.

Park officials say that Il Hun Ro was identified “in the last three weeks” using DNA analysis and that his family has now been informed.

Ro’s foot was found by staff inside a shoe in Abyss Pool in the park’s West Thumb Geyser Basin in August. It is still not known how he fell into the pool but investigators do not suspect foul play.

“The investigation determined, to the best of our knowledge, that an unwitnessed incident involving one individual happened on the morning of July 31, 2022, at Abyss Pool, and no foul play occurred,” park officials said.

“Based on a lack of evidence, the circumstances surrounding the death of Ro remain unknown.”