Post by Joanna on Dec 13, 2017 20:34:23 GMT -5
13th Foot Washes up on Canadian Shore
Canadian officials are investigating a human foot that washed ashore on Vancouver Island last week. Mike Johns, 56, told CTV Vancouver Island News he was walking along the Jordan River on the southern part of the island Thursday when his dog made the shocking discovery. “She was sniffing the bones so I stopped and took a look and I saw the bones and noticed it was attached to a shoe,” he said. “The foot was totally intact. The ankle bone still worked and the bones were attached at the base of the knee. It’s just a freak thing that it happened to be here.”
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), along with the Coroners Service of British Columbia, reportedly confirmed the find was, in fact, a human foot. “It’s an ongoing investigation. There’s no risk for the public at all,” RCMP Constable Sean Heidman advised.
Johns took the foot home before reporting it, though investigators advise against this. “In this case, someone out walking their dog took the bones home. Certainly no ill intent there, but if people do see something like that in the future, call us before touching the remains,” Andy Watson of the Coroners Service told the CBC. In an interview with The Times, he confirmed the foot could belong to someone from Alaska or Oregon, hundreds of miles away, and may have traveled the distance due to extremely high tides that can flood coastal areas during the winter months. Though it is still unclear why dismembered feet keep turning up on the western coast, according to Watson, there’s “no reason that [the cases] were connected in any way.”
The foot is the 13th found along British Columbia’s coast over the past 10 years. Four other feet were found washed up in Washington state, for a total of 17 feet since August 20, 2007. Four pair of the feet matched. Most were right feet and all have been wearing either running shoes or hiking boots. Among them were three New Balance shoes, two Nikes and an Ozark Trail.
Sources: Casey Quackenbush, Time, December 11, 2017; Nicole Darrah, Fox News, December 12, 2017; and Yanan Wang, The Washington Post, February 11, 2016.