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Canadian Severed Feet Mystery Crosses Border into U.S.

August 04, 2008 10:54 AM
by Josh Katz
A sixth severed human foot has washed ashore from the Pacific Ocean, but this time the foot was found in Washington state, well south of the previous discoveries.

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The foot, discovered Friday on a Clallam County, Wash., beach and reported to authorities on Saturday, comes after five other severed human feet have washed ashore in Canada over the course of about a year and a half. Another “foot” was found in Canada on June 18 but turned out to be a hoax.

Like most of the others, the most recent foot seems to be a right foot and was encased in a “man’s low-cut athletic shoe” that authorities say is “similar to three of those found in Canada,” according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The biggest difference is that, as Clallam County Undersheriff Ron Peregrin said, “This is a considerable distance to where the others were found in Canadian waters.”

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.”

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. 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.

Headline Link: Number six appears in the U.S.

Background: The perplexing case of the severed feet

Related Topic: The controversial ‘Bodies’ exhibit

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