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Salish Sea Feet Since August 20, 2007, several detached human feet have been discovered on the coasts of the Salish Sea in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington, US. In December 2017, the Guardian reported "In the past dozen cases, the provincial coroner’s office has ruled out foul play... All of the individuals either killed themselves or died accidentally, with their feet naturally coming apart from their bodies during decomposition, said the coroner. ... The ubiquitous presence of running shoes might explain some of the mystery; made with light but durable materials, the shoes both protect the foot from decomposition and act as a flotation device that pulls it to the surface
Authorities say a severed foot in a running shoe found on a Vancouver Island beach belonged to a Washington man. The Seattle Times reports 79-year-old Stanley Okumoto had been missing since Sept. 19. His partial remains were found in November along a beach near Neah Bay, about a mile from where his car was found by authorities. It was the 13th severed foot to mysteriously wash up in British Columbia since 2007, according to the New York Times.
A tibia and fibula attached to a left human foot with a white ankle sock in a black running shoe was found in December on a Vancouver Island beach in the hamlet of Jordan River. The Sooke Royal Canadian Mounted Police sent the leg to the coroners’ service. DNA testing confirmed that the foot and leg belonged to Okumoto, according to CTV News. The rest of Okumoto’s body was found two months later, intact apart from the missing limb. The medical examiner didn’t release further details in the case.
British Columbia, Canada is known for many things: beautiful landscapes, great skiing, the 2010 Winter Olympics – and the human feet that have been washing up on its shores for the last nine years.
Since 2007, 12 human feet clad in running shoes have been found on the shores of British Columbia, from Jedediah Island to Botanical Beach. So far, the provincial coroner’s office has identified eight of the 12. Of those eight, there were two pairs. The remaining lone feet, the coroner determined, belonged to men.
The discovery of a human foot in a running shoe on the Seattle waterfront this week is at least the 15th such appendage found along the Pacific Northwest coastline since 2007.
The human foot in a white New Balance tennis shoe was found Tuesday morning on the shore at Centennial Park, just north of downtown, by volunteers cleaning the park, Port of Seattle spokesman Peter McGraw told NBC News. The foot was turned over to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office for further investigation.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday released a photo of the shoe – a New Balance athletic sneaker, men’s size 10-1/2, white with blue trim – in hopes the public could help identify its wearer. It said the foot also was clad in a black, cotton Hanes brand sock. Though the shoe was a men’s style model that first became available in April 2008, it said “the sex, age, ancestry and stature of the individual are not known.”
The mystery of the disarticulated feet first gained a toehold in the public consciousness when a young girl from Washington state found a badly decomposed human foot on Aug. 7, 2007, on a beach on Jedediah Island, in Canada’s British Columbia province. The foot, that of a man, was wearing a size 12 Adidas running shoe.
it is strange. i've been living on Jekyll Island, southeast GA most of my life and we never get any shoes with feet washed up here, either. gators eat everything, though. anybody dead in the water won't last long here. i've heard the only things alligators can't digest are heavier metals like gold , silver, and brass
originally posted by: TobyFlenderson
a reply to: seattlerat
The reasoning makes sense but it makes me wonder why no feet wash up on the East Coast, or in Southern California, etc.. I've lived near the Atlantic Ocean my entire life (50 yrs) and never heard of a foot washing up on the Cape or any where else. Just strange.
originally posted by: PistolPete
a reply to: ABNARTY
There's theories that some of the feet are coming via current from tsunami victims. Several of the feet have been identified as coming from people that have committed suicide in that area.
They're always in running shoes because they float.
That area is highly populated by Seattle and Vancouver. I suppose there's thousands of miles uninhabited coastline that feet could be washing up on that no one ever sees.
dang. wverytime i see a lost shoe on the beach that's what i'm gonna think of. crabs eating dead people
originally posted by: Mandroid7
Yeah that's the thing, if you check out currents, the ocean currents from all over the Pacific hit the shore in that spot, if it was say cartel bodies, they would all float south and out to sea, but Japan and Alaska's current converges right at that point.
It looks like the only place that in the US that takes a direct hit, the currents all the way up the east coast flow off shore to the north with a purpose.
I bet there are a ton of shoes found that the crabs already cleaned out, and are ignored like discarded shoes.