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Canadian police investigate after 14th human foot washes up on coastline

Royal Canadian Mounted Police discovered a foot inside a hiking boot, the latest in a series of shoe-clad feet discovered since 2007

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Canadian police are investigating after a human foot washed up on the shores of British Columbia- marking the 14 th day since 2007 that tides have carried a shoe-clad foot on to the province’s coastline.

The latest grisly discovery was constructed on Gabriola Island in the strait of Georgia on Sunday, said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A human was walking along the beach just after noon when he came across what appeared to be a disarticulated foot inside a hiking boot. The boot had become lodged in a logjam, police said in a statement.

The find was the latest in a series that has triggered speculation around the world .~ ATAGEND Since 2007, another 13 feet have washed up in British Columbia, all of them clad in running shoes.

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The feet saw around Canada. Photograph: BC Coroners Service

Some have linked the grim determines to natural disasters, such as the 2004 tsunami, or airplane or boat accidents at sea. Others have theorised that the feet might be the work of a serial murderer or organised crime.

Pranksters have also attempted to add fuel to the fire at times.” We’ve had people put dog foot skeletons in runners and leave them on the beach ,” Barb McLintock of the province’s coroner’s office told the Guardian in 2016. ~ ATAGEND” And someone even use old chicken bones .”

She pointed to the ubiquitous presence of running shoes to perhaps explain some of the mystery. Built with light but durable materials, the shoes both protect the foot from decomposition and act as a flotation device that pulls it to the surface.

The last sneaker-clad foot was found in December 2017 by a man walking his dog along the southern coast of Vancouver Island. After an object tangled in sea kelp captured his dog’s attention, he leaned in for a closer looking and find a fibula and tibia attached to a left foot, all of it encased in a white sock and black Velcro shoe.

The province’s coroner service subsequently said the foot belonged to a 79 -year-old Washington state man who had gone missing and was later found dead. The investigation is ongoing.

In prior cases , the provincial coroner’s office ruled out foul play , noting that none of the feet presented signs of trauma. Eight of the feet have been identified and they included two pairs. The remaining lone feet all belonged to men.

All of the individuals either killed themselves or succumbed accidentally, with their feet naturally going apart from their bodies during decomposition, said the coroner.

In the case of this latest find, police said they are currently working with their forensic identification service and the provincial coroner in an effort to identify the remains.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ world/ 2018/ may/ 09/ canadian-police-investigate-after-1 4th-foot-washes-up-on-coastline

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