Sixth human foot washes ashore

ANOTHER human foot was found on a British Columbia shoreline yesterday, the second 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 Sergeant Mike Tresoor of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). He said a citizen spotted it on a beach and no other remains were found.

The feet were all recovered within a few miles of each other along island shorelines in the Strait of Georgia, which lies to the south and west of Vancouver. Authorities say they haven’t reached any conclusions about the origin of the feet, but are working to determine if there are any links to any other partial remains recovered in the province.

“Too my knowledge, we have not encountered anything like this,” said RCMP spokeswoman Annie Linteau. She declined to speculate if foul play was involved.

She did suggest that the latest find could be from the body of a missing fishermen or a plane crash victim, but she didn’t provide any specifics. 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. Smith and others have suggested that the feet didn’t sink but floated to shore because they were encased in buoyant running shoes.

The first three feet washed ashore about 65 kilometres southwest of Vancouver on islands in the Strait of Georgia. The first foot was discovered last summer by beachcombers. Days later, a foot was found inside a man’s Reebok runner. The remains of a third right foot were found on February 8.

The fourth foot was found on May 22 in the Fraser River, about 24kms south of Vancouver. About 2kms away, the fifth foot — and the only left, was discovered last Monday floating in water off Westham Island.

Some reports have claimed the feet belonged to victims of violent crimes or a plane crash.


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