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Seventh Severed Foot Adds to Canadian Coastal Mystery

November 12, 2008 02:29 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A seventh severed foot washed up on Canada’s western shores, leaving authorities struggling to explain a mystery that has haunted the region for more than a year.

Unclear on Significance of Seventh Sign

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Like the six before it, the foot was found within a single running shoe, described as being in “pretty good shape” by the husband of the woman who found it during her morning walk.

While details surrounding the foot remain unclear, CTV reports that it was found within a New Balance running shoe atop a rock where it was supposedly placed by the high tide.

Found by Diane Johnston Tuesday morning and described as looking small, the foot is the seventh such discovery along the coastline since August 2007, attracting international attention and curiosity to the area, but thus far no explanations.

"It's kind of blurry now, but my first reaction, my gut reaction was it looks like a woman's shoe, a left shoe," Johnston told the Associated Press.

The last foot, discovered in early August on a beach in Clallam County, Wash., was similar to earlier cases except that it was the only one found south of the Canadian border. Another “foot” was found in Canada on June 18 but turned out to be a hoax.

According to the Seattle Times, scientists have determined that two of the previously discovered feet are a match and they all appear to have been separated from their respective bodies through natural decomposition.

Background: Latest in line of mysterious discoveries

On June 18 a woman found what appeared to be the sixth human foot in a sneaker to wash up in the area in 11 months. A fifth foot had washed ashore on June 16.

But number six turned out to be “a skeletonised animal paw” that was “inserted into the shoe with a sock and packed with dried seaweed,” the BCCS said. The coroner’s service called the hoax “reprehensible and very disrespectful to the families of missing persons,” adding that “it fuels inappropriate speculation and creates undue anxiety for families and communities while wasting valuable investigative time and resources that could be spent on the main investigations.”

Since the feet began appearing, attention has focused on a plane crash that occurred in February 2005, when a float plane carrying five men went down northwest of Vancouver. The Times Colonist newspaper from Victoria, B.C., noted that only one of the men’s remains had been found.

It was thought that the remains may have belonged to one of the four passengers, Dave Stevens, Arnie Feast, Fabian Bedard, and brothers Doug and Trevor DeCock. However, too many feet have now been found for the plane crash to be the only source.

Other theories have involved gangs, suicides, and even the 2004 Asian tsunami. The puzzling story has been picked up throughout the world, appearing in newspapers in Britain and Australia.

Related Topic: The controversial ‘Bodies’ exhibit

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