Canadian floating feet mystery deepens
Police search the Vancouver inlet Tuesday where a severed foot was discovered.
September 1st, 2011
11:38 AM ET

Canadian floating feet mystery deepens

For the 11th time in the past four years, a human foot in a sport shoe was found on a Pacific Northwest shoreline.

Foot No. 11 was found Tuesday near a marina in an inlet called False Creek, police in Vancouver, British Columbia, said. Foul play was not suspected because there was no sign of trauma, coroner Stephen Fonseca said in a report from CNN affiliate CBC.

“These human remains did not show any evidence of trauma whatsoever,” CBC quoted Fonseca as saying.

DNA samples from foot No. 11 will be compared to DNA obtained from family members in missing persons cases to try to establish an identity, he said.

So who do the feet belong to and how did they meet their demise?

One foot, found in August 2007 on Jedediah Island, British Columbia, was identified as coming from a deceased man whose family did not want further details released, according to a report in the Vancouver Sun.

But the rest remain a mystery, according to a list in the Vancouver Sun.

Mark Mendelson, a Toronto forensics consultant and former police detective, said on the TV program "Canada AM" on Thursday that he's not buying that anything nefarious is, well, afoot.

"You have to think dirty," he said.

"I don't know if you can look at this as just a coincidence," he said, pointing out that he thinks there are too many questions that don't have logical answers.

"Why is it only happening on the west coast near Vancouver… why aren’t these feet floating up off Nova Scotia or St. John’s, Newfoundland, or off the coast of New Jersey," Mendelson asked.

And why only feet in running shoes?

Where are the rest of the body parts?

“Body parts do eventually make their way to the surface. So why are we only getting feet? Why are they in running shoes,” he asked.

Simon Fraser University forensics researcher Gail Anderson offers answers in a report on the website vancouver.24hrs.ca.

“We have an awful lot of people missing in our waters, either from accidental cases or people who deliberately entered the water,” the website quotes Anderson as saying. “We’re talking four years and 11 feet. That’s really not that many at all.”

And if the shoe floats?

University of British Columbia materials engineering professor Anoush Poursartip tells vancouver.24hrs he has a theory on that.

“The polymers used in running shoes are chosen partially for their light weight. This means the shoe has significant buoyancy,” he told the website.

So the shoes are dragging the feet to the surface but leaving the rest of the body in the depths?

“I’m not sure I buy the theory it’s because the shoe floats,” Mendelson said in the "Canada AM" interview.

But one thing is certain, Mendelson said.

"Something is very, very strange here.”

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  1. Tom

    These feet are obviously the remains of alien abductions. Your feet are closer to the earth and more protected from their gravity beams which just rip you right off the face of the plane (sometimes leaving the feet). Obviously all of these people are "missing" right? And you still have your feet – so there you go.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      Like! Why don't they have likes on this thing?

      September 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoe Fits

      Could be some sort of new age thing... where they were learning to walk on water and then they got their energy screwed up and it was instantaneous human combustion.... the shoes were wet so they didn't burn. :-)

      September 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pab

    I think people are focusing too much on the tennis shoe idea...i mean, really, doesn't pretty much everyone wear those, even if they're not actually out for a jog?

    (I'm assuming running shoes in this case is the same as tennis shoes...that could be a wrong assumption?)

    September 1, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeepers

    So...how many people are missing out there? That's creepy.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tomi

    Lol stupid asians and mexicans and guido's

    September 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MrSarcasm

    Next on FOX: When Foot Fettish'ers Attack !!

    September 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jdoe

    Why the running shoes? Because they were joggers obviously. It's not uncommon for people who job by themselves to be assaulted. In fact it's rather common. The fact that there is no trauma to the feet says nothing about trauma to the rest of the body.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoe Fits

      Joggers tend to be affluent people with expensive shoes and they would be noticed immediately if they went missing and could be easily identified when there running shoe show up. No one is "looking" for these poople and everyone wears running shoes of some kind... more likely homless people or illegal immigtants

      September 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Lovejoy

    No signs of trauma, eh? Except that the entire body is missing from the ankle up.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Right?? :)

      September 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    No trauma to the foot!? That's a relief because every1 knows the favored technique of most murderers, is strangulation, stabbing or shooting....of the feet!LOl! Are they being funny on purpose??

    September 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoe Fits

      When the first shoes with feet showed up they were not concerned.. and "no signs of trauma" means they weren't cut off by someone or a boat propeller... but NONE of the feet so far have been matched up to known boating accidents etc.... and now there are a total of 9 people clearly dead.. and no one knows how they died and no one is looking for them... one man was identified... and the family won't talk... one man had both of his feet show up and one woman had both of her feet show up... in seperate places in the area.

      September 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. William

    Just curious, how deep was the water in that inlet? In Feet.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. wil

    Maybe its Dexters' victims.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. standingwave

    Wouldn't "The Floating Feet" make a great name for a band?They could do a re-make of These Boots Are Made For Walking.h

    September 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    "Slowly I turn,
    Step by step
    Inch be inch,"
    Foot by foot?

    September 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. alma1313

    I have been seeing these reports for a couple of years now. I just can not believe there is no foul play. No trauma to the remanins!! Id say the truama is the missing body. Really this is normal level for a certain amount of feet always in shoes to be popping up!! Come on change the lead investigator it might save someones life.

    September 1, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Confused

    Hold please.

    Are 11 people missing, or 5 and a half?

    September 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • alma1313

      11 individual feet in 4yrs. But not to worry its normal ??

      September 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Mediator

    Are these Canadians really as stupid as "south park" portrays them to be??

    September 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
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