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Bizarre Canadian Tale Now Six Feet Long

June 19, 2008 11:14 AM
by Josh Katz
A woman discovered a severed human foot at a Canadian beach on Wednesday, the second foot found in the area in three days, and the sixth in the past year.

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Yesterday, the woman found the sixth foot to appear in the area in 11 months. It was found on the eastern part of Vancouver Island, still wearing an Adidas running shoe. On Monday, a passerby noticed the fifth foot on the shore of Westham Island, south of Vancouver. Two feet appeared last August, a third surfaced in February of this year, and then a fourth was found in May.

All the feet were in running shoes. All were right feet, except for the left foot found Monday. According to The Vancouver Sun, “There is no evidence that any of the first four feet were forcibly removed.”

The police are still investigating DNA evidence and any potential links among the cases.

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., notes that only one of the men’s remains had been found. But now the feet outnumber those missing bodies, casting doubt on the plane crash hypothesis.

Other theories have circulated through coffee shops and newspapers in the Vancouver area, involving 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.

A Seattle oceanographer stressed the weight of the situation after the fifth foot was found: “It’s very serious. I mean you’re talking potentially five different people, potentially a serial killer, so there’s something going on here that’s beyond our imagination right now,” the Calgary Herald reports.

Headline Link: Sixth foot found

Background: The perplexing case of the severed feet

Related Topic: The controversial ‘Bodies’ exhibit


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