Monday, March 05, 2012

The mystery of the floating feet solved

The mystery of the washed up feet (at least 12 human feet) off the Pacific coast of Canada has been solved. In all probability most belonged to suicides who threw themselves off bridges. Bodies decomposed naturally but the feet were preserved by the rubber soled shoes. Fish are unable to chew through them and the remains were taken by the tide and deposited at random places along the coast of British Columbia in Canada and Washington State in the U.S. The mystery was solved by the coroner of British Columbia who said that they were not victims of the Asian Tsunami of 2004. Stephen Fonseca, who has worked each of the cases, also dismissed the theory they were victims of a human trafficking ring or that they might be stowaways who smuggled themselves onto a container ship as it left Vancouver. According to reports in the Canadian press, the discoveries began in August 2007 when a man's foot was found on Jedediah Island, northeast of Nanaimo in British Columbia. Over the next five years they have turned up with occasional regularity, always clad in a rubber soled shoe. Through painstaking work the forensic experts cross-checked the locations where the feet were found with missing person’s directories. Tide flows and data on where the shoes were manufactured. It appears most of the victims jumped from a bridge over the Fraser River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver. Pranksters have also made the investigation more difficult. In 2008 they planted a hoax ‘foot’ on Vancouver Island which renewed interest in the case.

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