Mystery deepens as 4th human foot found

Fri May 23, 2008 5:41pm EDT
 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Another severed human foot has been discovered washed ashore on Canada's Pacific coast, but police are no closer to solving the gruesome mystery on where they are coming from.

The shoe-clad foot was discovered on Thursday on a small uninhabited island south of Vancouver in the Strait of Georgia, and is the fourth discovered in the region in the past 10 months.

All four cases involved right feet, and each was found on a different island. The earlier feet were also still in shoes.

The discoveries have sparked wide speculation over where the feet came from and who they belonged to, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned people on Friday "not to get caught up in unsubstantiated theories."

None of the severed feet appears to have been forcibly removed, and because the shoes would have protected the feet as they floated in the water, forensic experts say they could even have floated into the strait from a long distance away.

DNA testing has failed to link the earlier discoveries to any missing person cases in British Columbia.

(Reporting Allan Dowd, editing by Rob Wilson)