It’s happened again. A human foot clothed in a running shoe has been detected rinsed ashore in British Columbia, Canada. By anyone’s imagination, there seems to be it should be a rare event, but, amazingly, this really is the 13 th time it has happened on the coast of the Salish Sea in the past decade.
There have been various suggestions put forward to explain the gruesome discoveries, which have in some cases fallen into urban legend. One of the more popular is that the feet are all that are left after their owners have been “disappeared” by local crooks. Another is that they are the result of a fairly prolific serial killer.
The one thing uniting the body parts, however, seemingly discredits at least some of the more outlandish theories. Every single foot that has cleaned ashore has been in a running shoe. This induces the idea that gangsters are for some reason targeting joggers quite unlikely, though it doesn’t in itself necessarily rule out the serial murderer aspect.
The police have said nothing suggests foul play, disclosing that they present no sign or clue of cuts, although some argue that this does not take into account the fact that the bodies may have been weighted down before decomposing.
The shoes, though, hint at what might be going on here. They are buoyant and act as a protective covering, meaning that as a body that has fallen into the water decomposes, the feet are simultaneously brought to the surface and preserved, where they then drift on the currents that swirl around the region until eventually, they make landfall. It is thought that some of the feet have been at sea for years, if not decades.
Of the 13 that have so far been seen, only a handful have been identified through DNA testing, and they indicate a far more plausible, though heart-breaking, explanation. One of the feet was found to have belonged to a man who was believed to have been depressed, and is thought to have died by suicide. Another two of the feet were identified as are subordinate to a woman who jumped from Pattullo Bridge in New Westminster, BC, in 2004.
It seems likely then that these feet are not the outcomes of hitmen or murderers, but most likely the tragic end to people jumping off the bridge as they take their own lives, or by accidentally being rinsing into the ocean, and their decomposing bodies floating around in the sea for years after the event. The specific pattern of currents that flow around this part of the Canadian coast likely then swept the remains ultimately onto dry land.