Canada: Police probe widens as sixth foot discovered

Another human foot was discovered today on Canada’s British Columbia shoreline, the second one this week and the sixth within a year in a bizarre mystery that has confounded police.

Like most of the others, it was a right foot encased in a running shoe, said police Sgt Mike Tresoor.

He said a citizen spotted it on a beach and no other remains were found.

The feet all were recovered within a few miles of each other along island shorelines in the Strait of Georgia, which lies to the south and west of the provincial capital of Vancouver.

Authorities say they have not reached any conclusions about the origin of the feet but are working to determine whether there are any links to any other partial remains recovered in the province.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokeswoman Constable Annie Linteau said: “It’s very unusual. To my knowledge, we have not encountered anything like this.”

Sgt Tresoor said major crime investigators from the Campbell River detachment, along with staff from the coroner’s office, went to the scene to investigate.

“The object will ultimately be examined by a forensic pathologist in attempts to determine the source of the foot and if it is related to other feet recently found,” Sgt Tresoor said in a statement.

Terry Smith, the chief coroner of British Columbia, said this week that DNA profiles from the first three feet have not helped to determine identities because they have not matched any existing samples.

Mr Smith and others have suggested that the feet did not sink but floated to shore because they were encased in buoyant running shoes.

Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer based in Seattle, said when a human body is submerged in the ocean, the main parts like arms, legs, hands, feet and the head are usually what come off the body.

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