We’ve heard it before, and we’ll probably hear it again. A severed foot encased in a shoe has washed ashore in southwestern British Columbia. It’s now the ninth such foot to wash ashore in the past four years. The eighth foot was discovered last August.
This time, however, authorities have said the case is slightly different. The foot discovered over the weekend was found in freshwater, not saltwater, said coroner Steve Fonseca, manager of the Identification and Disaster Response Unit for the BC Coroners Service.
It was also the first foot to be found in a hiking boot. All previous cases involved running sneakers.
All nine feet appear to have detached naturally, as a result of having spent a period of time in the water, officials said.
In the latest case, Fonseca said evidence suggests the foot was in the water for as long as a decade or longer. The boot is a black Cougar-brand hiking boot, men’s size 12. It has a blue interior felt lining, and the metal eyelets were significantly rusted.
The most recent foot was discovered by several youths attending an outdoor camp. The foot was floating off the northwest shore of Sasamat Lake. An autopsy confirmed there was no foul play involved. DNA testing on the foot will be done to determine who the foot belonged to.
“We could well see more come up,” Fonseca admitted to the Globe and Mail.
“We do have a lot of people who meet their demise in an aquatic environment,” he said, “and there are people wearing shoes that are buoyant, and for those people who have died in those waterways, that’s probably the body part that is going to resurface.”
Authorities say it’s obvious now this is not the work of a serial killer, rather just a strange coincidence of severed feet migrating to the same area. We’re still holding out hope for the former. Somewhere, someone is turning this into the next great mystery thriller.