The Case of the Washed up Right Feet

Sunday, 17 February 2008
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Seems to be a bit of a mystery afoot off the shores of the BC coast.

The RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating what are officially termed three incidents of sudden death, following the latest discovery of a bodyless right foot inside a running shoe on Valdes Island, British Columbia on Feb. 8.
Seems to be a bit of a mystery afoot off the shores of the BC coast.

The RCMP and the B.C. Coroners Service are investigating what are officially termed three incidents of sudden death, following the latest discovery of a bodyless right foot inside a running shoe on Valdes Island, British Columbia on Feb. 8. 

Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an expert in ocean currents said that it isn't totally unusual for body parts wash up on shore as shoes and pants keep the body part from destruction during decomposition

What is stranger about this is that they are all sneakers and all right feet.

"They could easily have come that far from California or Alaska," he said from his home in Seattle, Washington. "I suppose they could even have come from Japan because things do drift in from that distance too."

Running shoes float upside down protecting the remains inside from birds but leaving them open to the attention of fish and other water animals, he said.

Jeff Dolan, the assistant deputy chief coroner, said Friday that an extensive examination of the remains was being made, including an attempt to generate a DNA profile of the three victims in an effort to link them to a known missing person.

"Each foot will be the subject of its own examination before we attempt to draw any parallels between them," Dolan said.

Still, he couldn't recall any case that was as enigmatic as this - three right feet being found in running shoes "within such a time frame and within such a geographical area.

"We deal with upwards of 8,000 deaths a year. I've never seen anything like this before," he said.

More info: canada.com
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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