Footloose in B.C.

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Foot washes up on B.C. beach

Heather Amos

Vancouver β€” Globe and Mail Update
Published on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 8:12PM EDT

After a year’s hiatus, the mystery of B.C.’s floating feet is back.

On Tuesday, two men out walking on a beach in Richmond found a severed human foot washed up on shore. This is the seventh human foot found on B.C. shores, and the eighth found along the Pacific coast since 2007.

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that the grisly discovery is a human foot, but says it is still too early to tell its origin. Coroners will conduct further examinations, including a DNA analysis.

The right foot was found in a white Nike running shoe, sized 8.5, at No. 6 Road and Triangle Road, alongside the Fraser River.

RCMP Corporal Annie Linteau said forensic examination and the DNA tests will be used to build a profile in an attempt to identify the body part.

Cpl. Linteau said there is no evidence of foul play, nor any sign the foot was forcibly severed. That’s also the case with the other six feet that have washed up on B.C. shores.

She said the reason why feet keep showing up on B.C.’s shores is that the shoes protect the foot from the elements. β€œIt’s possible that other body parts may be decomposing much more quickly,” she said.

RCMP, local police and the BC Coroners Service have been investigating the six other feet that washed up at several sites along the Fraser River and the Georgia Strait.

The first foot was identified as belonging to depressed man who went missing that year, and is assumed to be dead.

Two sets of matching feet have also been found; one belonging to an unidentified man and another belonging to an unidentified woman.

On Feb. 8, 2008 a foot was also discovered near Port Angeles in the United States.




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