Severed human feet a mystery for Canadian police

Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:05pm EST
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Police have found themselves with the gruesome mystery of why three human feet have washed ashore on islands in the Strait of Georgia on Canada's Pacific coast over the past six months.

Investigators do not know who the victims were, when they died, or if foul play or an accident was involved.

The cases all involved right feet, and the decomposing remains were still wearing sneakers.

"It is not known at this time what relationship, if any, this (third) foot has with the two feet recovered last year in the same area," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement.

The first two were discovered in August and the third was found on February 8. Each was found on a different island in the Strait of Georgia, which separates the mainland and the city of Vancouver from Vancouver Island.

DNA testing on the feet found in August failed link them to any missing person cases. The third foot is awaiting testing.

(Reporting Allan Dowd, Editing by Rob Wilson)