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Hiker who fell into Yellowstone hot spring ‘dissolved overnight’


Thursday, November 17, 2016, 2:28 PM

The body of an Oregon hiker who fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone Park earlier this year was never retrieved because it “most likely dissolved overnight,” authorities say.

Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, was with his sister Sable when he slipped and fell in June. Colin was reaching down to check the temperature “when he slipped and fell into the pool,” according to the incident report released by the National Park Service. The report had been requested in a Freedom of Information Act request by TV station KULR.

Rescue officials later found Colin’s body in the pool, but turbulent weather prevented them from removing it. When they checked again the next day, there were no remains left.

“Even though Rangers used multiple tools and technologies, due to the high temperature and acidity of the feature, we now believed there is no longer an intact body to recover,” read the incident report.

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The report also states that his remains “most likely dissolved overnight.” In addition, there were “no indications that the body had been removed by another human or animal due to the lack of drag marks along the edges of the pool.”

The hot spring was estimated to be six feet by four feet, and was approximately 10 feet deep. The temperature of the hot spring was recorded to be over 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

The hot spring at Yellowstone Park where a hiker died earlier this year. Officials believe the hiker's body dissolved overnight.

“They were specifically moving in that area for a place that they could potentially get into and soak. I think they call it Hot Potting,” Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress told KULR.

That part of the park was not authorized for hikers, according to officials.

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“There’s a closure in place to keep people from doing that for their own safety and also to protect the resources because they are very fragile,” Veress told the station. “But, most importantly for the safety of people because it’s a very unforgiving environment.”

Sable Scott was recording on her phone when the tragic accident took place. Authorities did not release the video, but viewed it as part of their investigation.


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