WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A dismembered human foot was discovered on a beach at Gabriola Island, British Columbia on Sunday afternoon.
- A man strolling on the beach found the foot wearing a hiking boot, stuck in a pile of wood.
- It’s the 14th foot found washed up on a beach around the Salish Sea over the past decade.
Canadian authorities are not saying much about the dismembered human foot found at a beach in British Columbia last Sunday, causing speculation and rumors. The foot, found in a hiking boot, was the 14th foot discovered on the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland since 2007.
It was reported that 9 out of the 14 feet found have been identified. Officials have determined that they belonged to six people. The British Columbia Coroners Service confirmed that no foul play was involved in the previous cases.
Authorities believe that the washed-up feet could be from suicides and accidental drownings or natural death, according to Radio Canada. The feet mostly belonged to men.
“There’s no reason to believe that they [these cases] were connected in any way,” a Coroners Service’s spokesman told CNN in December after a foot was also discovered.
Officials were able to establish that the foot belonged to a 79-year-old man from the Washington state. The man was reported missing nearly three months earlier.
Authorities have offered an explanation on why only feet are washing ashore. The reason is “because of the way human bodies decompose and how feet are protected by shoes from the elements and nibbling marine creatures.”
The Coroners Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are still working with forensics experts to identify the latest dismembered foot found and the cause of death. It was discovered on Gabriola Island, along the east coast of Vancouver Island.