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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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Foot found on Michigan beach

POLICE TURNING TO RCMP IN B.C. FOR HELP

(August 1)  A human foot encased in a sock and size 10 Reebok sandal was found washed-up on a Lake Huron (Michigan) beach this week.  Investigators already have a few missing persons cases that may, ultimately, help solve the mystery.

One of those cases, according to the globeandmail.com, concerns the “mysterious” drowning of a Detroit lawyer in August 2005.

Still, investigators are not ruling-out the possibility that the Michigan case is connected to the “mystery feet” that have washed ashore in British Columbia:

The Michigan foot joins five detached feet that have washed up in B.C. in the past year, sparking a police and forensic investigation and heated speculation as to their origins. Two of the feet belong to the same person, and a third belonged to a man who went missing from the Lower Mainland a few years ago.

“I’m not going to discount any possibilities at this point,” Det. Sgt. Harshberger said, “including that this has something to do with what’s happened up there in Canada. … We’ll certainly be looking to investigators there for some guidance on this one.”

The most likely source of the foot, he said, is Charles (Chuck) Rutherford, 35, who is presumed dead along with his girlfriend, Lana Ann Stempien, also 35. The couple reportedly drowned on a boat trip that started in Belle River, Ont., a lake community near Windsor, in August, 2005. –globeandmail.com

The Lake Huron foot has been taken to a Michigan State Police Crime Lab.  The foot’s DNA is expected to be compared to the DNA profiles of missing persons and unidentified bodies.

*To read the Beyond90Seconds.com archives concerning the B.C. mystery feet, please click here.

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Body found in barrel floating in river

Phone interview with George Knight; the man who first saw the body.
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(July 24) While the Royal Canadian Mounted Police already have quite a mystery concerning the human feet that have emerged along the shores of British Columbia, another Canadian waterway has just served-up another grisly find:  The body of a man found stuffed inside a barrel that had been floating down the Lee River northeast of Winnipeg.

According to a breaking news story in this afternoon’s Winnipeg Free Press, two neighbors noticed the barrel bobbing in the river Wednesday:

Two cottagers were horrified when they discovered the decomposing body of a man stuffed face-first inside a barrel floating in the Lee River on Wednesday morning.

George Knight, 69, was repairing his dock in Fisher’s Grove along the Lee River, about 90 kilometres northeast from Winnipeg, when he and neighbour Richard Marcotte noticed a barrel bobbing in the water between their two properties.

Knight said he and Marcotte rolled the barrel near the river’s edge and pried the lid off only to discover a man’s “rear-end” wrapped in a thick plastic sheet.

“I’m pulling this plastic out and I sort or lift it up and I see this guy’s rear-end,” Knight said, noting he also saw jeans and a brown belt inside the barrel. “I just said to Richard, ‘get out of the water!’ He jumped out of the water, and I ran up to his place and called 911.” 

Mr. Knight told the newspaper that the stench from the body was “terrible” and could be smelled 50-feet away.

The RCMP says it will not confirm the story, telling the Winnipeg Free Press that authorities are waiting for the result of an autopsy.

Stay tuned…


UPDATE: Body of man in barrel identified (audio interview with RCMP) 

 

 

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Newspaper: Police knew about footless body before last week

NEW/RelatedWashington officials to send piece of footless skeleton to B.C. (Vancouver Sun, July 22)

(July 21) How do you have a high-profile investigation about five mystery feet washing-up along the coast of British Columbia and not look into the case of a footless body found washed ashore just across the border?

That’s been the question slowly-aimed at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ever since last Friday’s exclusive CTV report concerning a body found on the shores of Orcas Island, Washington more than a year ago. In fairness, the report also said that the coroner in Washington State never felt compelled to notify the the BC Coroners Service about the Orcas Island discovery until after he was contacted by the CTV crew last week.

But according to a story published in this morning’s Globe and Mail, the RCMP was already aware of the Orcas Island body prior to last week’s CTV story.  Here are the lead paragraphs in today’s Globe and Mail report:

Police investigating washed-up feet knew about an unidentified, footless body found off the shores of Orcas Island in Washington before media reports last week, RCMP Constable Annie Linteau said yesterday.

But she wouldn’t say when they found out about the body or what actions they’ve taken to work with authorities in Washington to see if it is connected to the disembodied feet discovered on B.C.’s shores.

Just last Friday, CTV reported:

But (San Juan County Coroner Randy) Gaylord says Canadian authorities never contacted him, and despite international media coverage he admits he never bothered to tell them he had a footless body.

It wasn’t until CTV News called Gaylord that he decided to inform the BC Coroners Service. It’s asked for DNA.

The long delay in making the connection between the U.S. body and the B.C. feet raises questions about communication between jurisdictions.

Now let’s return to this morning’s Globe and Mail:

San Juan County coroner Randall Gaylord said Canadian authorities didn’t contact him to ask about the body until last Thursday. According to documents from the sheriff’s office, U.S. authorities informed the Canadian Police Information Centre about the find in May, 2007. Sheriff office records don’t show any contact by the RCMP regarding the detached feet until July 17 of this year.

Although the RCMP recently announced that DNA has helped solve the mystery concerning one of the five feet found in the Strait of Georgia, more questions have surfaced concerning the handling of the information from Washington State.

Was last Friday’s CTV report correct when it suggested the RCMP was unaware of the Orcas Island case until CTV seemingly put the wheels into motion?

On its Web site Friday, CTV posed what had seemed like a fair–and quite serious–question:

The long delay in making the connection between the U.S. body and the B.C. feet raises questions about communication between jurisdictions.

Meantime, according to today’s Globe and Mail, the RCMP only requested a DNA sample of the Orcas Island body just last Thursday.

That alone seems to say a lot.

(You can read all of the Beyond90Seconds.com stories about the B.C. Mystery Feet here.)


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Breaking News: Missing foot man won’t be named

In a case that has fascinated people worldwide, police say they will not release the name of a missing man whose foot washed-up in Canada’s Strait of Georgia.

DNA was used to make this first match in the case of the five mystery feet that have surfaced from the waters off the coast of British Columbia.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police released the following update this afternoon:

B.C. – Tip Leads to Positive ID of Found Foot

File #2008 2008-07-21 12:45 PDTBURNABY-As a result of a tip from the public, investigators from the BC Coroners Service, RCMP and Delta Police are confirming they have made a positive identification for the remains of a right foot in a Campus running shoe found on Jedediah Island on Aug. 20, 2007.

At the request of the family, the identity of the victim will not be released to the public, though investigators can confirm he was from the Lower Mainland. RCMP investigators confirm that additional information provided by family members allowed for the identity of the victim to be verified more quickly. Cause of death is not known at this time though no evidence of foul play exists.

Investigations by the RCMP, Delta Police Department and the Coroners Service to determine identities in the three remaining cases of feet found between Aug. 2007 and June 2008 in the waters around Gabriola Island, Valdez Island, Kirkland Island and Westham Island are ongoing. On July 10, 2008, it was confirmed that the foot found on Valdez Island and the one found on Westham Island are from the same male.

Investigators also confirm that DNA analysis of the five feet has excluded all victims from the 2005 Quadra Island plane crash.

Click to view photographs of the shoes and information from the police. Anyone with information, or who may recognize one of the shoes as belonging to a missing loved one is asked to call 1-866-504-3888.

No further information is available from the Coroners Service or police at this time.

To date, Beyond90Seconds.com has published seven stories (including this update) about this mysterious case.  You may read all of those stories here (listed most recent to oldest).

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Breaking News: Possible match in mystery feet case


Update: July 19, 6:57pm PST
Feet mystery unrelated to downed plane, CTV (link includes VIDEO)

DNA testing has eliminated the possibility that the feet found washing ashore in B.C. are linked to two brothers whose bodies were never found after a plane crash in 2005. –CTV

(July 18 ) Exclusive CTV video below

INVESTIGATORS NOW LOOKING AT CASE OF FOOTLESS BODY FOUND ON BEACH IN WASHINGTON STATE’S SAN JUAN ISLANDS

Updated: July 18, 6:40pm PST

News reports are just now popping-up on the Web that one of five “mystery feet” that have surfaced in the waters near Vancouver, British Columbia has been matched to a man who was known to be depressed.

Canada’s Globe & Mail goes as far to deliver the headline, Investigators match severed foot to missing man.

CTV’s more conservative headline reads, A possible breakthrough in missing feet mystery.

Be sure to visit the (above) CTV link as a *VIDEO* of tonight’s 6 o’clock CTV news story has just been added, to include exclusive coverage of the footless body that washed-up in nearby Washington State (more on that below).

CTV reports that investigators have made a DNA match between one of the feet and a missing man.  No word on the man’s name yet.  CTV says the name might not be released until next week.

It’s a paragraph near the end of the CTV story (near the bottom of the ol’ inverted pyramid) that, in my opinion, is worth of its own headline:

Meanwhile, CTV news has uncovered what may be another piece of the puzzle of the mystery feet. Today we spoke to a coroner who is dealing with a body with no feet.

That will get your attention.  True to nice television “tease”, CTV advises readers to tune it 6pm.

CTV (Canada) has also posted this updated article this evening.

The Beyond90Seconds archives on this case make for a fascinating collective read.  Follow the link to the archives, then scroll down to go back in time…

More on today’s development as it comes in…

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