VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 31 (UPI) — A human foot in a sneaker has been found on the Vancouver coast, the 11th such find in British Columbia and Washington state since 2007, Canadian police said.
A passerby spotted the shoe with tissue and bone protruding from it Tuesday night at a marina and called city police, The (Vancouver) Province reported.
The previous seven feet in shoes found in British Columbia have been outside the city and were investigated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They also worked with Washington state officials on investigating three feet found washed ashore since August 2007, the report said.
“Upon examination by the [British Columbia] Coroner’s Office, it does appear to be human remains,” Vancouver police Constable Jana McGuinness told the newspaper.
Several of the feet have since been identified by DNA analysis, although none so far have been linked with foul play, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said. Two of them turned out to be from the same woman.
Forensic experts have said socks and sneakers greatly delay decomposition or “grazing” by marine life and the buoyancy of the sneakers allow them to float great distances, the CBC said.