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Mystery deepens: Another foot washes up in British Columbia

Update: Coroner confirms ID of foot found on Richmond beach (Vancouver Sun, November 5, 2009)

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shoe_8Another human foot has washed ashore in British Columbia.

According to a story filed on CTV’s website late this afternoon, foot number 8 was found on Tuesday by two men walking along a beach in Richmond, B.C.

The foot was inside a white, size 8.5 Nike running shoe, according to Cpl. Annie Linteau of RCMP E Division. –CTV

CTV reports that an autopsy performed today confirmed that the foot is human.

The case of the “mystery feet” began with the discovery of foot number 1 in August, 2007.

Interestingly, the latest CTV report uses the words, “…another severed foot has washed up.”  To my knowledge, there is no proof that any of the feet in this case were severed.  As previous reports on this blog have stated, researchers have said that it is possible that the feet simply “disarticulated” as a result of the predictable patterns of decomposition beneath the sea.

Media around the world have followed the mostly unsolved cases of the “mystery feet” (investigators have identified one foot).

Still unanswered:  Are any of these cases the result of foul play?

And one must wonder if another foot will wash ashore?  Unless it’s a match (providing helpful evidence) to this week’s discovery, let’s hope not.

Eight is enough.

*RCMP News Release (10/28/09)

**Additional stories concerning foot number 8

***Pig video lends insight into B.C.’s human feet mystery (One of my favorite posts to date, but please be warned that it includes pictures and videos of dead pigs)

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Mystery deepens: Another foot washes up in British Columbia

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Update: Coroner confirms ID of foot found on Richmond beach ( Vancouver Sun, November 5, 2009)

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Another human foot has washed ashore in British Columbia.

According to a story filed on CTV’s website late this afternoon, foot number 8 was found on Tuesday by two men walking along a beach in Richmond, B.C.

The foot was inside a white, size 8.5 Nike running shoe, according to Cpl. Annie Linteau of RCMP E Division. –CTV

CTV reports that an autopsy performed today confirmed that the foot is human.

The case of the “mystery feet” began with the discovery of foot number 1 in August, 2007.

Interestingly, the latest CTV report uses the words, “…another severed foot has washed up.”  To my knowledge, there is no proof that any of the feet in this case were severed.  As previous reports on this blog have stated, researchers have said that it is possible that the feet simply “disarticulated” as a result of the predictable patterns of decomposition beneath the sea.

Media around the world have followed the mostly unsolved cases of the “mystery feet” (investigators have identified one foot).

Still unanswered:  Are any of these cases the result of foul play?

And one must wonder if another foot will wash ashore?  Unless it’s a match (providing helpful evidence) to this week’s discovery, let’s hope not.

Eight is enough.

*RCMP News Release (10/28/09)

**Additional stories concerning foot number 8

***Pig video lends insight into B.C.’s human feet mystery (One of my favorite posts to date, but please be warned that it includes pictures and videos of dead pigs)

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DNA matches two of B.C.’s “mystery feet”

Call it a small step forward.  Investigators have used DNA to match two of six feet that have washed ashore along the coastal waters of British Columbia.

According to a December 6 story published by the Associated Press:

The British Columbia coroner matched a female right foot discovered on Canada’s West coast in November with a left foot discovered in May. Both were encased in New Balance running shoes. (AP)

The woman’s identify has yet to be determined.

Here’s an excerpt from a December 5 story published on the CBC’s Web site:

The left foot was discovered on Nov. 11 in Finn Slough in the south arm of the Fraser in Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver. The right foot was located May 22 on Kirkland Island, also in the Fraser River. (CBC)

Both feet were found in size 7 New Balance running shoes.

A December 6 globeandmail.com story also quotes a name familiar to this blog, Gail Anderson:

“It’s definitely good,” Gail Anderson, a criminology professor at Simon Fraser University who studies the decomposition of remains, said last night. “It means there’s not an extra person that’s dead that we did not know about. It means we have been able to link one body together.”

Investigators say there is currently no evidence to suggest that foul play is linked to any of the mystery feet.  Investigators strongly suspect that all of the feet separated (“disarticulated”) from bodies while decomposing in water.  In August, a Beyond90Seconds.com report featured videos of a pig carcass decomposing under water to support the disarticulation theory.

A seventh human foot was found last August along the northern tip of Washington state, just south of British Columbia.

Read all of the Beyond90Seconds.com archives about this case here.

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Seventh human foot washes ashore

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And the mystery deepens.

Yet another human foot has washed ashore in the coastal region of British Columbia and northern Washington State.  The latest discovery came Tuesday afternoon in Richmond, B.C.

The Canadian Press reports that a New Balance shoe containing human remains was discovered by a woman walking her dogs along the banks of the Fraser River.

One other New Balance runner – the only one belonging to a woman – has been found since the feet began turning up and it was located May 22 on Kirkland Island, not far from the site of Tuesday’s discovery. (The Canadian Press)

CTV News reports that the woman who found the shoe is Diane Johnston.

“It had been brought up by a high tide,” said Diane Johnston. Since she was too scared to climb down the river bank to fetch a running shoe that was sitting up on a rock, she notifed her husband Ken, who later phoned Richmond police. (CTV News)

Tuesday’s discovery brings the total number of human feet found in this coastal area since August 2007 to seven.  On average, that’s nearly one foot washing-up every other month.

missing-feet-mapCTV News has also produced an excellent interactive map that provides:

  1. The locations of the six feet found prior to Tuesday’s discovery
  2. Photographs of 5 of the 6 shoes found prior to Tuesday
  3. Links to stories about the discovery of each foot

Beyond90Seconds.com has an extensive archive (including numerous videos) concerning the missing feet mystery.  The most popular story in the archive is Pig video lends insight into B.C.’s human feet mystery.

Global Television Network (video 1)

Global Television Network (video 2)

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Citizen journalists tackle mystery feet case

The investigation into British Columbia’s (and now Washington state’s) “mystery feet” has already made headlines around the world.  Now, the mostly unsolved cases concerning human feet that have washed ashore are freshly targeted by the eager lens of citizen journalists Ian MacKenzie and Matt Anderson.

The duo recently published their 6-minute and 14-second video (now, that’s certainly beyond 90 seconds) on VancouverIAM.com.

“It’s (VancouverIAM.com’s) an alternative news portal that fosters citizen journalism,” MacKenzie explained in an e-mail to Beyond90Seconds.com.

“SeattleIAM.com just launched along with LosAngelesIAM.com. Independent video journalists are encouraged to produce segments on issues important to them that may not be covered by the mainstream media (or cover them in a unique way),” MacKenzie continued.

So, what was it about the mystery feet case that captured the interest of these citizen journalists?

“Matt and I took on this story because it’s quite an unusual mystery that gained the world’s attention.  We wanted to check in on the case and see if anything new had been discovered,” MacKenzie shared.

Along the way, the pair interviewed a person who is very familiar to those who have followed the story in the mainstream media, Constable Annie Linteau of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The video also includes interviews Jeff Dolan of the British Columbia Coroners Service and local news radio host Jim Goddard.

At VancouverIAM.com, the video appears beneath the headline, Are Police Any Closer To Solving The Mystery Of The Floating Feet? The story is nicely edited and maintains a pace and style that should help hold the attention of a 20-something audience as well as older viewers.

MacKenzie told Beyond90Seconds.com that he directed, shot and edited the video while Anderson embraced the research and on-air reporting duties.

Congratulations to both of these citizen journalists for delivering a project worth watching to the ever-broadening alternative media landscape.

The video is shared here with their permission.

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Breaking News: Picture of shoe that contained human foot

NEW: Sixth foot not a match with B.C. finds, RCMP say

(Updated: August 5, 10:48pm PST)

A sixth floating foot to wash up on West Coast shores in the last year likely belongs to a new victim, RCMP say. -globeandmail.com

NEW: PICTURE OF SHOE FOUND ON WASHINGTON STATE BEACH

(Updated:  August 5, 7:01pm PST)

The shoe, in which the remains of a human foot were found, is an Everest brand, size 11. The sock, not shown, was a Levi’s brand tube type. –Peninsula Daily News

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NEW: FOOT IS FROM HUMAN

(Updated: August 5, 1:46am PST)

Bones and flesh inside a shoe discovered Friday on a beach west of Port Angeles have been determined to be human, adding another layer to the mystery of five severed feet washed ashore in British Columbia over the past year. –Seattle Post Intelligencer

The next step is DNA testing to see if it matches feet found washed ashore in nearby waters in British Columbia. Five severed feet in shoes have been found in the past year, and a sixth found in June was a hoax with an animal paw. –Peninsula Daily News

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(posted August 3, 6:14am PST)

FOOT FOUND FRIDAY NEAR PORT ANGELES, WASHINGTON

An athletic shoe containing bones and flesh has been discovered on a Strait of Juan de Fuca beach about 30 miles west of Port Angeles.
The discovery Friday — and reported to Clallam County authorities Saturday — came nearly a year after the first of five shoes containing feet were found washed ashore in British Columbia. –Peninsula Daily News

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Sunday morning arrives with yet another possible twist in
the case of the mystery feet that have washed-up along the British Columbia coast over the past year.

Authorities in nearby Washington state say a woman discovered what may be a decomposing human foot inside a shoe on Friday.

This is not the first Washington state case destined to get the attention of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators assigned to the B.C. mystery feet case (see complete archives).  Although, the prior investigation in Washington didn’t include feet.  Rather, it concerned a rotting corpse–sans feet— found on Washington’s Orcas Island (Let’s hope the RCMP learns about Friday’s discovery near Port Angeles faster than it gained knowledge of that Orcas Island find).

Given the recent world-wide media attention aimed at the British Columbia case, count on Washington investigators to have a quick and open line of communication with the RCMP.  Today’s edition of the local paper certainly made the connection, including a re-cap of events that have unfolded in B.C.

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