Nov
18
2008

Washed up feet have Canadians fearing their sneakers

Map of British Columbia: Georgia Strait where the majority of the feet were found.
Map of British Columbia: Georgia Strait where the majority of the feet were found.Courtesy Puget Sound Partnership
A mystery has been unfolding in British Columbia over the past year. Since August 2007, seven body-less feet have been found washed up on the banks of the Frasier River and Georgia Strait. The most recent foot was discovered on November 11 by a couple walking along the Frasier River. One of the feet has been identified by DNA as belonging to a missing man. Investigators are looking to missing persons reports in an attempt to identify the other feet.
Some people have found the fact that many of the feet were in tennis shoes and were right feet to be suspicious, but authorities believe that the body parts are most likely from natural deaths and have travelled by ocean currents to the shore. Forensic analysts agree with a scenario in which the feet disarticulated naturally from the bodies, with the tennis shoes keeping the feet afloat while other body parts likely sank. Is this a hoax, a serial killer who has a big problem with sneakers or just an odd and icky manifestation of natural deaths? You can find more information in this article Another severed foot washes up on B.C. coast. And, to see what local British Columbians think is going on, or if you enjoy some morbid humor and a foot pun or twelve, check out the comments section of this article.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Sorany ka's picture
Sorany ka says:

Hey they better watch out its another Hostel #3

posted on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 10:42am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

The feet disarticulated naturally? Oh, man, yuckers.

For some reason (and I understand this is totally backwards) that's way grosser to me than if the feet had just been chopped off.

I've sort of been following this story, and there was a part you didn't mention: one of the feet was an animal paw stuffed into a shoe. Ho ho! The local authorities, as I understand it, didn't find that quite as funny as I did. But, hey, it's severed foot fever in the Pacific Northwest! Everybody wants in! You can't blame someone for tossing one of their spare paws into the mix, just to be a part the new fad.

posted on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 10:53am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Last I heard, authorities thought that the feet might be the remains of people who died in a shipwreck or plane crash. Still, it's odd that all that's turning up of the victims is their feet. And it's odd that they can't pinpoint a known wreck or crash that could have killed these folks.

Quite the mystery...

posted on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 11:22am
Brian Goguen's picture
Brian Goguen says:

I totally agree with you.You don`t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that there`s something extremely fishy about just feet showing up.What are the odds? Why not heads or hands? They are probably to lazy to investigate.

posted on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 2:17am
EWatson02's picture
EWatson02 says:

At first I thought the whole idea of the feet disarticulating naturally was a bit iffy, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. Feet and hands are pretty tight packages, anatomically speaking, because of the sheer amount of bone, ligaments, and tendons in those areas. So it makes sense that they're tough enough to survive articulated like that (especially with shoes, which offer some protection from the elements). Also, were it a serial killer chopping off feet as a strange quirk, he/she wouldn't be likely to just cut it off and dump it somewhere. Firstly, dismemberment is harder than it looks. There's a lot of STUFF you have to get through (like the aforementioned ligaments, tendons and bones) before the limb parts from the body. Secondly, were it dismemberment, it wouldn't make sense for it to be at the foot. When dismemberment occurs, it typically occurs somewhere around the knee or thigh area, so that you have less pieces to worry about, so to speak (that is, limbs, torso, head). Thirdly, when serial killers take trophies (like limbs) they tend to keep them. So if this were the case, investigators wouldn't be finding feet. Rather, they'd be finding bodies without them.

...I cannot BELIEVE I just put all that to writing.

posted on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 9:53pm
Brian Goguen's picture
Brian Goguen says:

You under estimate the power of a chainsaw or circular saw.Why isn`t there a bunch of feet showing up in other parts of the globe? Their theory is more then far fetched.

posted on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 2:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i believe there is some type of inclination of murderers to throw bodies into the water, the currents may cause the bodies to stay at sea for a long time, which would allow the combined effect of a floating shoe and decay of the bodies ligaments to pull the foot off the body and eventually be washed up

posted on Sat, 04/24/2010 - 9:21am
Jackie Rabideau's picture
Jackie Rabideau says:

Wow, this is creepy. Imagine taking in the beauty as you walk along the beach, to notice sneakers with the feet still attached! Sounds horrible. I hope they find out who once walked on these feet. Saying it's likely from a boat or plane crash isn't good enough, I want to know more.

posted on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 8:24pm
Engine37's picture
Engine37 says:

Well I guess that means all these people must have naturally KICKED THE BUCKET!!! Ha!

posted on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 6:38pm
dwepayMarrylk's picture
dwepayMarrylk says:

I guess I have to leave my Jack Purcell shoes whenever I'll go to British British Columbia :)

posted on Thu, 08/25/2011 - 7:08am
Jazzygman's picture
Jazzygman says:

OK now I understand the saying just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. but I am wondering where did the feet come from?

posted on Mon, 05/28/2012 - 2:42pm

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