Fifteenth human foot in 12 years washes ashore in British Columbia

Human remains in Nike shoe found in Vancouver

Zamira Rahim
Wednesday 13 February 2019 22:48
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The foot was found in September 2018
The foot was found in September 2018

A fifteenth single human foot has washed up on the shores of the western Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) since 2007, police said, as the appealed for the public's help to identify its former owner.

Found in a shoe in West Vancouver on 3 September 2018, DNA tests showed it belonged to man, but the results do not match any profiles in the country's missing persons' database.

Previous feet have been found to belong to missing people but five remain unidentified. Eight were found to form four pairs, after tests were run on the remains.

A specialist from the BC coroner's service examined the foot's bone structure and said that it belonged to a male who was "under 50" when he died.

"The decedent was wearing a light grey Nike Free RN shoe with a black Nike swoosh logo and white base, white laces and a blue sock," said a spokesperson for West Vancouver Police. "The shoe was a men’s US size 9.5 with an OrthoLite insert."

They added that the shoe was manufactured between 1 February and 17 April 2017.

"It appeared to be in relatively new condition," the spokesperson said.

The last foot was discovered inside a hiking boots on Gabriola Island in the strait of Georgia, by a man was walking along the beach.

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It had become lodged in a logjam, police said at the time.

The feet have sparked speculation around the world. Some have linked the finds to natural disasters, like the 2004 tsunami, while others believe they are linked to a serial killer or organised crime.

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