Mysterious Human Feet Baffle Police
Speculation afoot around washed up body parts
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2008 7:56 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Police are struggling to explain a string of washed up human feet found on beaches along one 125-mile stretch of British Columbia. So far five of the grisly, sneaker-clad appendages have been found, and all are right feet. “It’s a mystery,” said one Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer. “We’ve certainly heard lots of theories - from the media mostly.”

Is a serial killer on the loose? It’s possible, though the feet show no tool marks, meaning they probably weren’t severed. Sneakered feet decompose slowly, and so sometimes wash ashore from bygone accidents. For now, police are checking the DNA of missing persons for matches. “We need to establish identity,” said one policewoman. “We can’t get ahead of ourselves and start speculating.”