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Mystery Deepens as Cops unable to ID Human Foot that Washed up on Vancouver Shore

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Mystery Deepens as Cops unable to ID Human Foot that Washed up on Vancouver Shore

By: Noah Akey 1st period

 

Canadian authorities on Monday said that they were unable to identify the person whose foot was found last year in a blue sock and a gray Nike sneaker that washed up on the Vancouver shoreline.

 

The foot, which was discovered in September 2018, is the 15th time in just over a decade that a human foot was discovered on the British Columbia shoreline. More than half of those feet were determined to have belonged to people who either died by accident or committed suicide according to the British Columbia Coroners Service.

 

The coroner’s service has determined that the latest foot belonged to a man, but have been unable to match its DNA. An identification specialist said the foot likely belongs to someone who was under the age of 50.

 

It follows a report from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in May that a man found a right foot wearing a hiking boot wedged between logs on Gabriola Island near Vancouver.

 

The year before that, a black velcro athletic shoe with the tibia and fibula still attached that was found in December along a different beach in British Columbia. That foot was traced to Stanley K. Okumoto, who was 79 when he went missing in September 2017.

 

It turns out that severed feet washing up on this coastline is a recurring thing. It’s been a source of fascination for Canadians, Americans, and the media for years. It even has a dedicated Wikipedia page.

 

Though disgusting, there is nothing sinister about these finds, according to scientists. They aren’t the handiwork of a serial killer or the remains of plane crash victims, as some have proposed. Instead, several innocent scientific phenomena connect to periodically throw out  human feet on the shores of the Salish Sea, the body of water between Vancouver and Seattle that includes Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia.

 

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Mystery Deepens as Cops unable to ID Human Foot that Washed up on Vancouver Shore