Vancouver Island has become the scene of the latest human foot to wash up on the beach. The foot was discovered by a person hiking in the area. Authorities do not believe that any foul play was involved and that the foot separated from its body after being in the water for a long period of time.
— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) February 10, 2016
When it was found, the foot was inside of a black sock and inside of a shoe. The investigation into the Vancouver Island foot has established that the shoe the foot was found in was first sold in North America in March 2013. The time of death that has been established for the body that belongs to the foot was placed between March 2013 and December 2015.
Since 2007, 12 other human feet have been found washed up along the coastline of British Columbia. Over the years, 10 of the feet that had been found were able to be identified and linked to seven people. The coroner that identified the seven people whose feet were found stated that the causes of death were ruled to be either suicide or accidental.
Occurrences of human feet washing up with no bodies
- August 20, 2007 – Right foot, male, size 12, Campus shoe manufactured in India. Foot found on Jedediah Island.
- August 26, 2007 – Right foot, male, size 12, Reebok shoe first manufactured in 2004. Foot found on Gabriola Island.
- February 8, 2008 – Right foot, male, size 11, blue and white Nike manufactured between February 2003 and June 2003. Foot found on Valdes Island.
- May 22, 2008 – Right foot, female, size 7, New Balance shoe first manufactured in June 1999. Foot found on Kirkland Island.
- June 16, 2008 – Left foot, male, size 11, identified as the other foot to the right one found on February 8, 2008. Foot found on Westham Island.
- August 1, 2008 – Right foot, male, size 11 or 12, hiking shoe made by the Everest Shoe Company. Foot found near Pysht.
- November 11, 2008 – Left foot, female, size 7, matched to the right foot of the one found on May 22, 2008. Foot found on Fraser River beach.
- October 29, 2009 – Size 8.5 Nike shoe. No other information on the foot was released. Foot found on a beach in Richmond.
- August 26, 2010 – Right foot believed to be from a woman or child. No other information released. Foot found on Whidbey Island.
These nine instances have been confirmed to all be feet from a human. When news of the mystery of the washed up human feet began to spread, hoaxes were attempted in order to add to the mystery.
Occurrences Of Hoaxes
- June 18, 2008 – Animal bones were stuffed into a sock which were then stuffed into a shoe. Discovered near Campbell River.
- September 2008 – Plastic foot placed inside of a running shoe. Discovered on an East Vancouver beach.
- September 2012 – Five children’s shoes discovered. Three of the shoes were stuffed with bones and tissue that were not identified as human. Discovered on Clover Point beach.
What was the catalyst that started the feet washing up on shore in 2007? One of the theories about the mysterious feet is that the victims were in Indonesia during the tsunami that struck in 2004. The theory suggests that due to the direction of the current, the tsunami victims were swept across the Pacific Ocean and finally hit land when they reached Canada. The amount of time in the water, tidal forces, and animal life could account for why feet have washed up with no body. The theory does not work for all of the victims since three of them were discovered to have been local.
What do you think is happening with the human feet being found on Vancouver Island and other islands in British Columbia?
[Image Via AP Photo/Cameron Bloch]