VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A sixth human foot in a year has washed ashore off the coast of British Columbia, the second one this week.
Sgt. Mike Tresoor said it appears to be a right foot. He said a citizen reported finding it on a beach on Tyee Spit on Canada's pacific coast. No other remains were found.
The foot is the latest in a bizarre and deepening mystery, after six feet have washed up on shore still encased inside a running shoe.
The first foot was found nearly a year ago on Jedidiah Island in the Strait of Georgia.
Within days, another right foot was found inside a man's Reebok sneaker on nearby Gabriola Island and the third was found in the same area, on the east side of Valdez Island in early February.
The fourth foot was found May 22 on Kirkland Island in the Fraser River, only about a mile away from the site in Ladner, along the same river, where the fifth foot was found on Monday.
RCMP say the remains of the latest foot were found inside a size 10 black Adidas running shoe.
Tresoor said major crime investigators from the Campbell River detachment, along with staff from the coroner's office, went to the scene to investigate.
"The object will ultimately be examined by a forensic pathologist in attempts to determine the source of the foot and if it is related to other feet recently found," Tresoor said in a statement.
On Tuesday, the chief coroner of British Columbia, Terry Smith, said they have DNA profiles from the first three of the feet that have now been found washed ashore in the Gulf Islands and Fraser River.
Smith said that so far the DNA samples taken from the feet have not been able to be matched with any known samples to determine identities.
Smith and others have already put forth the hypothesis that the feet have washed ashore because they were encased in buoyant running shoes.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said there's no evidence the feet were severed or removed from the victims' legs by force.
Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer based in Seattle, said when a human body is submerged in the ocean, the main parts like arms, legs, hands, feet and the head are usually what come off the body.
He said his theory is that the feet came along as a result of an accident that might have happened up along the Fraser River, that washed down and spread out along the Straight of Georgia.
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