13th Foot Washes Ashore in Canada
Man's dog made grisly find
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2017 3:49 AM CST
A Vancouver Island beach.   (Wikimedia/Mary Converse)

(Newser) – Yet another human foot has washed up in British Columbia—this time with part of a leg attached. The grisly find, which is at least the 13th foot to wash up on the province's coastline since 2007, was made by a man walking his dogs along a beach in Jordan River, Vancouver Island, the Vancouver Sun reports. The man, worried the foot his dog had found might be washed away or taken by a bear or an eagle, took it home before contacting authorities, reports the CBC. The Mounties searched the area before turning the investigation over to the coroner, who will try to identify the deceased and determine a cause of death. The last such find was in early 2016, when two feet from the same person washed up separately.

When the feet started to wash up, there were fears that they could belong to victims of a disaster or even a serial killer. Authorities later identified eight of 12 feet as belonging to people who died in accidents or suicides. They believe the feet naturally separated from the bodies after a long period in the water. "It makes sense to me that if a body is in the ocean and decomposes, you end up with a shoe that floats and an ankle where it would disconnect from the tibia and fibula," local cafe owner Joshua Constandinou tells the New York Times. "That is what they are finding on the beaches."

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