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article imageAnother human foot in running shoe mystery surfaces in Vancouver Special

By Salim Jiwa     Oct 28, 2009 in Crime
A seventh foot inside a Nike running shoe has been recovered in Metro Vancouver. Police are already dealing with six other mystery feet in shoes that have surfaced at various coastal locations around B.C. The latest find was made on a beach in Richmond.
VANCOUVER. B.C. – Another mystery foot in a shoe has turned up on a Vancouver area beach, making this the seventh foot to be recovered since the remains began turning up in mid-2007.
Coroner Jeff Dolan, chief of operations for the B.C. Coroner's service told Digital Journal he is unable to solve the mystery and has looked around at other places in the world to see if similar things are happening but has not found another instance of mystery feet.
"The first one that was discovered was associated to a deceased male," said Dolan. "The individual identified in the first 2007 case was identified as being from British Columbia, although the rest of his remains were not found."
Dolan said two female feet found separately in Richmond were identified as belonging to one female through DNA testing. But authorities still don't know who she was.
Two male feet found separately on two islands were also identified as coming from one male person but his identity remains a mystery, he said.
So a total of five feet have been matched to individuals but only one has been positively identified as a B.C. man.
"We have looked at various high profile aviation or marine incidents in the hope of matching these to anyone lost at sea and none of those match the DNA profile," said Dolan.
"The similarities are that it is a foot that is disarticulated from the body and it is an athletic shoe in all cases," he said. "I use the term running shoe - but they are all athletic shoes."
"It certainly is a sequence of events that we haven't see around here before and we're learning from contacts from around the world that this is the first time anywhere this is happening," he said.
"The latest is a foot inside a running shoe," said Dolan. " It is a size 8.5 Nike."
Cpl. Annie Linteau said the latest find was made on Tuesday by two people walking on a beach in Richmond.
“Yesterday evening, two men were walking on the beach and located what appeared to be a foot in a white Nike running shoe, size 8.5. Members of the Richmond RCMP, the Forensic Identification Section and the General Investigation Section attended the scene, and seized the shoe and its contents,” said Cpl. Annie Linteau.
“There has been no evidence to date to support foul play in relation to these discoveries and it appears that all remains separated from the body, dis-articulated, through a natural process,” said Linteau.
“Investigators are continuing with their efforts to identify the remains in all these cases,” she said.
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