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. Canuck

    They found Supper !

    August 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WilmaWonka

    "meat like substance"?? Really? People used to just say tissue.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Query

    Hey Canada, what's up? Body part stories are coming out of the white north just about weekly.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canuck

      The Great White North to you. You hoser.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I know, right?
      Lot of footless corpses floating around...

      August 31, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetThis

      Hey US,

      a lot of gunshootings coming out everyday from everywhere lately hmmm? Keeping you guys pretty busy?

      August 31, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimdog33

      Global warming has the sasquatch tribes of the interior BC – okanogan region, moving into settled areas. And they like children's feet.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, just saying that this shoe thing keeps happening...nothing against Canada.
      It's a great country.
      Jeez.
      Relax.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Demarcus

      DONT BE MEAN TO BANASY. I'm a troll and even I love kind Banasy. Do not be mean to em. Fuss at me if ya gotta fuss.

      August 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      The ice is melting. Haven't you heard of climate change?

      August 31, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well, thanks, Demarcus.

      August 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lomez

    Looks like someone left their Happy Meal on the beach.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • wa2go

      Nah, it said 'meat-like', not 'poop-like' 🙂

      August 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jay

    Tsunami victims are probable, RIP tided. Enjoy your crablegs, that was some good eating while it lasted...everyone should know what I mean.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      tsunami? there were no tsunami's on this body of water in the last 100+ years.
      WOW.... get a globe and learn something

      August 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    3 shoes sounds like another hoax to me.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dynamic

    Canadians trying to scare illegal immigrants away, yah hey?

    August 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ann

    No one's figured this out yet? How many feet have towash up in Canada before someone figures it out?

    August 31, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      It has been figured out. Several have been matched by DNA to suicides upstream. It is assumed most, if not all of the rest come from upriver as well. The bodies decompose in the river, the feet come loose and wash downstream to the mouth of the river and into the bay. Some are brought back to shore by the tide.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Thanks, BOMBO, for a definitive answer.
      I hope that the child's shoes *is* a hoax!

      August 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dart

    queue music please... I aint got no body... no body!

    August 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Demarcus

    Canada is just America's hat. Without us you would all be trappers selling beaver pelts to Europe. Nothing up there but Muslims and snow anyways.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vancouverite

      You are ignorant.

      August 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sha

      Said the "sterotypical" American. You're ignorance is astounding. $10 bucks says you've never left the States. Yup, just Muslims and snow, muslims and snow...and even if that was the case – what's wrong with either one?

      August 31, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yetta

      Y'all don't recognize a troll?

      August 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      Have you ever been to Canada? Obviously not. – a VERY proud Canadian

      August 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      You do realize, don't you, that the standard response to the America's hat comment is America is Canada's toilet. But this Canadian would never say that, because I love America. But you must admit, it looks like one, with Alaska being the tank.

      August 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. barbara

    I doubt that the remains in the kid shoe are from a suicide.

    August 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. psbfla

    All those body parts belong to the wise guys messin' with Sasquatch.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. matt

    Mmmmmmmm. Canadian baaaaacon.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Zobby

    I take it the shoes are beyond repair?

    August 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. wmd

    Suicide, come on. I know they found out who some where through DNA but seriously, if they did kill themselves why is it that only the feet wash up on shore. They do have an open case still but they don't have a clue and don't think they will ever solve it.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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