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

“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. Adam

    It's not gangs, we know what it is! A hideous creature off the coast of vancouver island has been coming onto shore and kidnapping campers and eating everything except their feet!

    September 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • standingwave

      Maybe it only likes finger food.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • FourChan

      This is the new US Initiative brought on by President Obama to get a FOOT ahead of Canada.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami .

    September 1, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoe Fits

      the only show up in Vancouver... not the California coast line? Or other parts of the Indian Ocean...

      September 1, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      no, been proven the feet have traveled east to west. coming from inland

      September 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Robin Bray

    Deepens? Just the opposite. Surfacing.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RkyMtnMan

    What is that coroner smoking?? No signs of trauma? SEVERED foot. Most of the time this is considered "trauma" by anyone experiencing it.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      ROFL thats what I thought when I said that.. no signs of trauma? What? By definition, if a foot is separated from the body, thats TRAUMA!

      September 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Phoenix

      It's not trauma if it simply separated from the ankle socket. That's tissue decay.

      September 1, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sapsxy

    well,one thing for sure..coming out of this : new horror fleak next summer..maybe ?

    September 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mary

    Sorry... It's weird..
    Have they even identified anyone that they know for a fact drowned or fell into the water? Or are these feet just simply from unknown people?
    You would think after 11.At least a couple would be known accidental deaths.. If not then I opt for 'weird' that the feet are showing up..

    September 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Shoe Fits

    At first I thought gangs... but they really like to shoot each other in broad daylight and leave as many bloody corpses behind as possible. They do like their "running shoes" as many of them are gymn rats.

    A serial killer killing homeless people... 8 men 1 woman so far.. one man was identified and had been missing for several months... so if someone is "looking" for you they can identify you pretty quickly with the remains... but the rest no one cares about... so they are likely homeless drug addicts.... very sad.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mdmooser

    To all the people who whatever.....................................If the shoe fits wear it.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shoe Fits

    Aproximately two a year..... they get wrapped in something and anchored.. dumped in the ocean.. by boat... off a dock at high tide.... this is a "careful" killer... two homeless people missing a year... not a big deal... sure would like to know the story of the one man who's foot in a shoe was found... his family will not speak up.... but maybe they need to so the public can put pressure on the cops to save a life.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shoe Fits

    If you are a homelss person, down and out in Vancouver... write your name in BOTH shoes... and if you have a family member that is wandering the streets.... but have a hard time helping them... at least put their name in their shoes...

    September 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. London G. Welsh

    Serial Killer more than likely.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shoe Fits

    okay... really have to leave this alone.... but this does bring a whole new meaning to someone opening the "shoe locker" .

    September 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. esdavis

    I work at a marina, & a few years ago some feet turned up. turns out feet rot & break off quicker than the rest of the body in a lot of cases. Don't think this is chopped off feet.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
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    September 1, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoe Fits

      Northern Lights

      September 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shoe Fits

      CRITT Techniques Jet Fluide & Usinage – intresting tool that could cut feet off... but the latest foot came attached with a leg bone...

      September 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jon

    I think its a sicko employee at a Crematorium that cuts the feet off a body right before they are cremated, puts on running shoes (since they float) then throws them in the ocean. Then they go to and wait for the news article so they can get a rise out of it.

    September 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
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