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After Foot Found in Yellowstone Hot Pool, Investigators Find Handwritten Poems, Photo Album and $447


A missing man whose foot was found floating in a hot pool in Yellowstone did not have a suicide note in his car – although investigators found his laptop, notebooks and handwritten poems, according to National documents Park Service released Tuesday.

Law enforcement investigation documents posted online offered new details, but no solid clues as to how Il Hun Ro70, from Los Angeles died – and how his foot, still in the shoe, blew off – at Abyss Pool last summer.

Yellowstone officials did not immediately return an email Tuesday asking for further developments in the case. Park officials said earlier they did not suspect foul play.

A visitor to the park was the first to report the black shoe to a tour driver on Aug. 16, although park officials earlier found two shoe soles – size 9 or 10 – in the pool on Aug. 8 and 12, according to a ranger’s report released Tuesday.

All names and other identifying information have been removed from the documents.

Investigators used a relative’s DNA sample to identify Il from human remains in the shoe. The documents did not describe the discovery of further remains after a search in and around Abyss Pool, but did note apparent “oily tissue” floating in the 140-degree Fahrenheit pool at West Thumb Geyser Basin.

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The West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. July 20, 2017

National Park Service/Jacob W. Frank/Flickr

Investigators sampled but did not conclusively identify the substance in their published reports.

It was still unclear whether He was traveling alone and exactly when He disappeared. Investigators determined that I stayed at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, about an hour’s drive north of the basin, on the night of July 30according to the documents.

The Kia Niro crossover SUV from Il was ultimately the only visitor car parked near the Abyss Pool. Inside, investigators found various items, including a wallet with his driver’s license and $447, a photo album, notebooks and a book of poems with handwritten notes, according to the documents.

The poems and notes were not written in English but in a language redacted from the documents released on Tuesday. Investigators using Google Translate found nothing to suggest a suicide note, according to their reports.

One of hundreds of thermal features in the world’s first national park, Abyss Pool is 53 feet deep, making it one of the deepest hot springs in the park. The pool’s constant circulation keeps it from erupting like Yellowstone’s famous geysers.

According to Yellowstone, descending from raised sidewalks around geyser pools is extremely dangerous.

“Boiling water spurts out just below the thin crust of most geyser pools, and many people have been badly burned when stepping across the fragile surface,” the park said on its website. “Some people died.”

According to the park’s website, more than 20 people have been killed by geothermal pools, geysers, mud pits, steam vents and hot springs in Yellowstone.


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