August 31st, 2012
01:47 PM ET

Child-sized shoes with bone found on Canadian beach

Three shoes, two of them child-sized, containing bone and a "meat-like" substance have been found on a Canadian beach, police in Victoria, British Columbia, report.

A tourist walking along the beach found the first of the shoes Thursday evening, a child-sized one with a bone sticking out of it, according to a Victoria police statement. The tourist called cops, and a search of the beach turned up the other two shoes.

"We don't know right now whether they have washed up or were in the water for a while, whether they were just placed there. That is something our forensic team is going to look at," police Constable Mike Russell is quoted as saying by CNN affiliate CBC.

The shoes were turned over to the coroner to determine whether the "meat-like" material was from a human and, if it is, a possible identification of the remains, the police statement said.

"Once this determination is made, it will help guide the investigation. This examination is predicted to take days to weeks to complete," the statement said.

The shoes are the latest in a string of such finds on British Columbia beaches. The CBC reports that there have been a dozen in the past five years, and DNA matches have found several of those to be suicide cases.

At least one of those cases turned out to be a hoax. In 2008, the British Columbia Coroners Service said someone had placed a "skeletonized animal paw" in a sock and athletic shoe packed with seaweed.

Police said it's too early to determine whether there is any link between the shoes found Thursday and any of the previous cases.

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  1. Jack Q.

    Could it be that some Los Angeles Police cop is up there killing people on his retirement or vacation ?

    If you look at the news right now, the LAPD is in hot water for a LOT of beatings and killings.

    Check out LA Times dot com

    August 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      In L.A.?
      Nothing surprises me less, actually...but I kind of doubt that's what's going on in Canada.

      August 31, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      excuse me, but what makes you think that LAPD hasn't been beating a public that they took an oath to protect and defend for decades?

      August 31, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Are you talking to me or to Jack Q?

      August 31, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • known

      @ banasy©, Jack Q.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Thanks for clearing that up!

      August 31, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • known Guest

      @ banasy©, Your welcome. 🙂

      August 31, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      The LAPD on beats people who deserve it.

      September 1, 2012 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bobbb

    Remember the tsunami? probably going to be a lot of asain debris/floatsum and even the uglier side of life washing ashore. Too bad they don't have a god to pray to. Well, I will just pray to mine.

    August 31, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zane

      You are dumber than dogpoop on a sidewalk

      September 1, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Cooper

      Go ahead as I have much more important things to do.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • mmb

      And "Christians" wonder why the rest of us think some of you are jerks...

      September 3, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Est Veritas

      I feel more stupid for having read your comment Sir. Please ask YOUR God to help you see the error of your ways. Arrogance is not a virtue and your ignorance will not protect you from his judgement.

      😉 Try sleep on that!

      September 3, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. skb8721

    A previous article, which I think ran on CNN a couple years ago about such grizzly finds, noted that such discoveries are not that unusual and can be explained: There are an awful lot of people in the world, and occasionally some unfortunately die by drowning in the ocean, or by some other means their bodies end up in the ocean. And, the article rather grotesquely noted, when a clothed body decomposes underwater, it is common for a foot in a shoe to come off the corpse and, because the shoe floats (since it's often made partly of rubber) it pops to the surface of the ocean and drifts until it lands on a beach and, sometimes, gets found by a beachcomber.

    I'm not making this up. . . .

    August 31, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio Largo

      A grizzly is a bear. A grisly find is something morbid/disturbing.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      No Emily – grizzly is ok, too. It's Canada (^_^)

      September 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I have to wonder at what kind of deviate would do this...what a reprehensible thing to fake.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NotConservative

    Is it just me, or do Canadians have way more serially killers per capita than we do?

    August 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't know about Canada, but the FBI estimates there are around 200 serial killers active in the US at any given time.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      yeah, we definitely have more serial killers and spree killers than the US does, definitely, no question about it...definitely.

      September 1, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • duckforcover

      Banasy- it's actually 22 at any time but that is still way too many!

      September 1, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Fat finger syndrome...thanks for pointing it out...I'd also like the estimate to be none!
      Estimated range from 20-50; I used 20 because I'm an eternal optimist, lol...

      September 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    I'm surprised no1 has pointed out that these could be remains & belongings of a kidnapped child or children who have been gone for weeks! There may be a parent somewhere missing those kids! Many comments are comical, making fun of all the bodyparts washing up on Canadian shores, but you're forgetting that a child used to wear that shoe & the bone was a leg! If adults want to kill themselves only to have body parts wash up months later, that's up to them, but kids washing up on a shore usually means foul play! Unless it's all a hoax, of course! In that case, nevermind!!

    September 1, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • TheLatest

      I totally agree with you, this could be someone's child and I can't even imagine the horror. I don't like how this initial story has been lumped in with all those creepy stories of finding shoes/bones. Since this is a child it should be investigated with an open mind and not automatically assumed it's related to the other cases.

      September 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jason

    Today they announced it was a hoax. The "remains" were meat of some kind.

    September 1, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I'm guessing the "mystery meat" they used to serve in school cafeteria's as the "Chef's Choice."

      And it is a hoax, dearest fernace...this time.

      September 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jo

    Seriously though, what is it with Canada, and body parts?

    September 1, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Oh gees, it isnt just canada with body parts! And many of the body parts washing up on canadian shores come from the US.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. WhooHoo

    Readin' all these post have made my day.... Thanks folks! I needed that!

    September 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Panties

    I did not get that young woman Knocked Up.

    September 2, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. B

    Another hoax, cnn is a little behind not updating this already

    September 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      Nah, reporting a hoax isn't "good news". Unless it's that time when the girl hit the guy dressed as Sasquatch. Then the word Hoax was ok to use.
      Nah they'll leave this up. It will continue to pop up under unrelated articles as "We recommend..." months down the line.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ave_Maria

    It's a sick hoax. cnn needs to catch up. live around the corner from where these shoes were found and it's been deemed a hoax.

    September 3, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mary Jane

    Sounds like Canada has a serial murderer who's active

    September 3, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • DisgruntledGrrl

      I dunno, MaryJane. Sometimes I wonder if it's some odd crime cartel.

      September 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. T.D.

    Is Canada's national public broadcaster CBC really an "affiliate" of CNN? First time I have ever seen that statement.

    September 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
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