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. huh?

    "meat like" substance??? you have a nose dont ya?

    August 31, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Baalzabarber

      I don't like SPAM!!!

      August 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ah, a Monty Python reference.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wmd

    hopefully just kids that played with there shoes at the beach.

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

    mittens kids he put on the roof for his british columbia visit

    August 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Friet

      You are an idiot for making that kind of comment

      August 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      You're a genius for making that comment.

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

      your in comment.

      August 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MrMagoo

    I'm tellin ya this world is going to hell and there is very little anyone can do about it. I would start praying now that the world ends abruptly, that the lord almighty decides enough is enough and lets loose his hotspot switch and annilhates us, being the Supervolcano and the Canary islands volcano..

    August 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Readyourbibleforthetruth

      I am sure you have a reason for believing those things but you are sadly misinformed God does not make natural disasters to destroy people. There is not one reference of God using a natural disaster to kill people why because those can be explained but when you drop fire balls from the sky or devide a sea in half those are things that wether cannot do and they never have. God will destroy wicked people using the Angels thats why its called the War of Armegeddon you cant have war without soldiers.

      August 31, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hogan's Goat

    What they fear, of course, is that the floating shoes pulled the feet loose from a submerged corpse. These keep turning up; someone's sinking murder victims in the ocean and not weighting them down completely. Gotta find out who's dying and washing up so we can stop it.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee10

      and apparently the victims are kids–how or why a kid "committed suicide" is another vexing question

      August 31, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom118

      Easy! Just look for a three-legged child...(I oughtta be horse-whipped)!

      August 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fiona

    To judge from recent stories, Canada is awash with the remains of dismembered humans. Ghastly.

    August 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • You all crazy

      They're just trying to keep the Americans out. They know we'll believe anything and live in fear.

      August 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Its Going To Get Bigger

    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.

    Children committing suicide? What is this world coming to?

    August 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Paul Willson

    VICPD said today the whole thing was a hoax. One that should get someone in a lot of trouble, nd yes I am in Victoria BC Canada .

    August 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. I'd better re read

    So there were 3 shoes? Who would play a grisly prank like mentioned in the later part of the report.
    What a creepy sense of humor and a person who'd fill their hours with the most inane use of their time
    Take up Origami or something..

    August 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • You all crazy

      Yeah, and what kind of twisted person kills a three-legged child? Cray-zee. Put that kid to work in a circus or something. What a waste.

      August 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SilentBoy741

    "Come to Canada and lose yourself on one of our beaches... or at least parts of yourself."

    August 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. clare

    I read some odf your comments. suppose those parts belong to some missing child and you have made a joke out of it. you can tell that many on the blogs are sick and need to read a bible or get back into some religion. because you have become too cold. toward the human race.

    August 31, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • 66th Strategic Command & Operations Unit.

      Religion doesn't help a sick mind it just gives the subject more of a excuse to act out.

      August 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Orso

    Hmmm, the Canadian waters are getting scary, they also found a female torso floating in water yesterday.

    August 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • 66th Strategic Command & Operations Unit.

      Canada zombie outbreak starting ground? I think so! haha

      August 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. svann

    I think use of words like "guy" and "cops" sounds unprofessional for a journalist's writing.

    August 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • You all crazy

      CNN enjoys explicit exemption from journalistic standards. Haven't been around much, have ya?

      August 31, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fekt

    probably tsuanami leftovers.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jack Q.

    Funny comment 🙂
    Canada has been finding bones for years. Serial killer somewhere up there on the coast.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      we Canadians care too much about the environment to carelessly thow the bodies of serial killer victims in the ocean, where they can be entangled in wildlife. No I am afraid that we dispose of our victims in pig pens.

      September 1, 2012 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Hawk

      I guess that is why canadian bacon has a funny taste.

      September 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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