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Sixth Foot Is a Hoax, Says Coroner

June 19, 2008 08:14 PM
by Josh Katz
What first appeared to be the sixth human foot to wash ashore in Western Canada turned out to be a fake, the British Colombia Coroner's Service says.

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On Wednesday, a woman found what appeared to be the sixth human foot, in a sneaker, to appear in the area in 11 months. A fifth foot had washed ashore Monday of this week. 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 claims.

The coroner's service said, “This type of hoax is 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., notes that only one of the men’s remains had been found.

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.

Headline Links: The hoax of the sixth foot

Background: The perplexing case of the severed feet

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