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. Saiorse

    Elementary my dear Dr. Watson,... dead people have a hard time keeping themselves together.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. winnipegspawn

    obviously police did it

    September 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoe Fits

      there they are... right in the picture... WITH the SHOE!!! how obvious is that!!!

      September 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. anon

    this is no mystery at all. look up the smiley face murders

    September 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tommy R

    Look for a devious undertaker, that owns a boat.

    September 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MedicM50

    Maybe when the first one washed up their investigation got off on the wrong foot...

    September 1, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • foot

      lol wrong foot...

      September 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoe Fits

      It's the "got off" part that is weird like they have a shoe fettish or something. Maybe the answer is in Davy Jones' Shoe Locker?

      September 1, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. parrot

    KAL-007

    September 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Galt

    The Canadian Cops are so clueless. They need to import some from the U.S. with brains. The authorities are either lying or they are literally criminally negligent.

    September 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • wowsers

      We (Canada)don't need to import any of your police detective. If we did so, we would then have to go and pick them up in the states as 99.9% of Americans don't even know hot to get to Canada and much less where we are on a map. This is not surprising as a survey has shown that the majority of Americans can't even locate their own country on a world map. When asked to name a country starting with the letter "U", the big majority couldn't do it. Thanks but no thanks, we don't need your pea size brain Cops over here.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoe Fits

      There were at least 50 women missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside before a "retired" police officer pointed out on a spreasheet that something was wrong it still took them years to finally catch the serial killer Robert Picton. If you Americans want to send help... come on over.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      As one of many dual citizens of both the US and Canada, I can say with evidence and certainty that cops on both sides of the border are generally idiots.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada

      Canadians can't do anything useful when needed. when looking back on world affairs they just helped minimally because they couldn't handle the big picture since because of their brains. Canadians need help when it comes to solving things that are just small to us but "big" to them.

      September 1, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. heliocracy

    "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."

    That means he doesn't believe there's anything strange going on. However, the rest of the article describes his opinion as being the opposite...am I missing something?

    September 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • TonyL

      Missing brain

      September 1, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joseph packalerio

    These are my feet and my sneakers,...give them back to me at once!

    September 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name

    "We have an awful lot of people missing in our waters, either from accidental cases or people who deliberately entered the water." -- AND their foot fell off. They weren't thrown in the water, or killed or traumatized. Deliberately entered the water, while swimming a foot detached? Accidental cases, foot came off while jet skiing!!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Name

    shoes are lightweight and the feet still manage to fall off

    September 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. K-man

    I like my feet.... I'm staying away from Vancouver!!!!! (and if I do end up there.... I'm not going out for a jog)
    hahahha

    September 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Blessed Geek

    They belong to the deceased romantics who wanted their bodies floated out to the ocean towards the north pole. Then sharks got better parts of them.

    September 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Beefburger

    Maybe think about what brand of running shoe is NOT there, unless there is a prevalence of a particular brand.

    “We’re talking four years and 11 feet. That’s really not that many at all.” Oh, I see. Yeah, I remember my last trip to Daytona, all of those severed feet got in the way of my boogie board.

    September 1, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ArchVillianStrikesAgain

    This is the work of an arch villian...

    September 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
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