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I first noticed this strange trend back in February, when three severed feet had been reported washed ashore in British Columbia. Now it’s up to five.:
A fifth human foot in a year has washed ashore off the coast of British Columbia, and this time it’s a left one.
Police said two people out for a walk spotted the left foot floating in water off Westham Island on Monday morning.
Delta Police Const. Sharlene Brooks said officials are working with the B.C. Coroner’s office to see if this foot is linked to any other partial remains recovered in the province.
Westham Island is at the mouth of the Fraser River, about 15 miles south of Vancouver.
“A passerby noticed a shoe floating in the water, pulled it in and notified police,” Brooks said. “We’re treating it as a criminal investigation.”
While the similarities to the other found feet is strong, she said there’s no indication this foot is related to the other cases.
“We’re certainly not discounting the possibility that this may be linked to the other recovered feet, but it’s just too premature and very speculative for us to even entertain that right now,” she said.
Where in the heck could these feet be coming from?
Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer based in Seattle, Wash., 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.
He said his theory is that the feet came along as a result of an accident that might have happened up along the Fraser River, that washed down and spread out along the Straight of Georgia.
Ebbesmeyer said when the third foot was found the feet could have drifted from as far as 1,000 miles away. Ebbesmeyer said the feet could have been severed or detached from their bodies on their own.
I don’t know…Wouldn’t authorities know if a boating accident with casualties had happened on the river?
Gabriel Manor speculated back in Feb, that a serial killer might be on the loose. Whatever it is, it sure is creepy.
The sixth foot turned up Wednesday — a right foot in a man’s size 10 black Adidas athletic shoe, police said. As in the previous cases, however, immediate answers as to the foot’s origin eluded detectives.
“We are exploring the possibility that it could be people who may have drowned,” said Annie Linteau, a spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. “It could be missing fishermen. It could be the remains of people who may have died in a plane crash.”
When asked about the suspicion of foul play, Linteau noted that the first four feet contained no tool marks and were therefore deemed not to have been severed.
It is too early to say how the foot found Wednesday was separated from a body, and Linteau did not address the question of how the fifth foot came to be detached.
“It is certainly a very unusual situation,” she said. “We have to explore all avenues and investigate all theories.”
Ace thinks he’s found a rational explanation for the “floating feet mystery”.
Turns out #6 was a hoax. What a sense of humor, somebody has:
The sixth foot found floating in B.C. waters was not human at all, but a hoax, the provincial coroners service confirmed today.
The foot found in a running shoe Wednesday near Campbell River was actually a skeletonized animal paw inserted into the shoe with a sock and packed with dried seaweed, a forensic pathologist concluded after an examination.
In a short news release Thursday, the B.C. Coroners Service called the hoax “reprehensible and very disrespectful” to the families of missing people.
“It fuels inappropriate speculation and creates undue anxiety for families and communities while wasting valuable investigative time and resources,” the coroners service stated in a brief news release Thursday.
UPDATE IV (July 10):
A new twist on the BC feet, and a foot shows up on a Swedish coast.
One of the feet identified.