September 7th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Kids shoes with bone on beach an 'abhorrent' hoax, police say

Children's shoes filled with a meat-like substance and bone that turned up on a British Columbia beach last week were placed there as a hoax, Victoria police say, and now they want to find the person responsible.

The first shoe was spotted by a tourist on the Clover Island beach August 30. He called police, who found two more shoes that day and two the next. Three of the shoes were stuffed with meat and bones that investigators now say was from poultry, CNN affiliate CTV reported.

The shoes were apparently planted to raise fears after other shoes with human remains have turned up on British Columbia beaches over the past several years.

“It was disturbing, and it was sad to think if it was authentic, this could be the remains of a small child,” Victoria Police Detective Lori Beauvais said.

Police asked the public again Thursday for help in identifying who put the shoes on the beach and said that a similar call last week after they were found produced not a single phone call.

"I’m disappointed in our community. ... To think someone would take on this activity as a joke or a hoax," Beauvais told CNN affliate CTV News.

"This is an abhorrent activity," she said.

Police were checking with local retailers to try to determine where the shoes came from, Beauvais said.

If caught, the person or persons responsible could face public mischief charges, CTV reported.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Some people have a "really" sick sense of humor.

    September 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I agree, Rawr.
      An abomination.

      @Marie:
      Canada.
      This is in Canada, dear.

      September 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      I always wanted to visit Canada. Even just a bus trip. Probably never will though. I love the snow. We never get any here in Louisianna.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Plenty in Columbus, Ohio, though, Marie.

      September 7, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      My guess: the person who left the "hoax" shoes...and that's just WRONG on so many levels...is someone who knows something about the shoes and feet appearing over the last few years. These shoes in this story are not linked to the others. But the person who put the fake evidence in place knows a lot more.

      September 8, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A priest was walking along the corridor of the parochial school near the preschool wing when a group of little ones were trotting by on the way to the cafeteria. One
    little lad of about three or four stopped and looked at him in his clerical clothes and asked, “Why do you dress funny?”

    He told him he was a priest and this is the uniform priests wear. Then the boy pointed to the priest's collar tab and asked, “Do you have an owie?”

    The priest was perplexed till he realized that to him the collar tab looked like
    a band-aid. So the priest took it out and handed it to the boy to show him. On the back of the tab are letters giving the name of the manufacturer. The little guy felt the letters, and the priest asked, “Do you know what those words say?”

    “Yes, I do,” said the lad who was not old enough to read. Peering intently at
    the letters he said, “Kills ticks and fleas up to six months!”

    September 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    Beavis and Butthead visit Vancouver.

    September 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Even Beavis and Butthead wouldn't stoop to this.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Beavis: Hey Butthead, why does the dentist always take you into that other little room to examine your nads.
      Butthead: What! The dentist doesn't examine your nads. The doctor does.
      Beavis: Well I've got full coverage.

      One of my favourite B+B exchanges. Yes, I know it'll get deleted.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Heh heh.
      Heh heh heh.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crunchy™

      L O L. : ). If ok, my new name is crunchy. It was Bongo but that was too similar to nice Bombo. Hopefully it is an ok name.

      September 7, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Bongo is a good name, you should keep it. Matt Groening, Life in Hell?

      September 7, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Is that the rabbit?

      September 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Hello, André Himes.

    September 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rascal Rabble

    i guess a pair of eyeballs on sauciers will lined the beach wittah a sign saying "girl watching"...or someone hangs a sign over decapitated heads saying "neck of the woods"...canadian sense of humor!

    September 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. uk shoes

    you guys have very good collection of shoes,

    September 8, 2012 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    probally some special effects guy honing the talent...

    September 8, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  8. krehator

    Took them that long to figure it out? Wow.... competence is rare.

    September 8, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Aaron

    My guess: the person who left the "hoax" shoes...and that's just WRONG on so many levels...is someone who knows something about the shoes and feet appearing over the last few years. These shoes in this story are not linked to the others. But the person who put the fake evidence in place knows a lot more.

    September 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      I know enough about the feet and shoes appearing over the last few years to perpetrate a copycat hoax. That doesn't mean I was involved in it. It just means I followed it on the news

      September 9, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. wmd

    I don't know why they don't open a full investigation on the shoes they have found containing human feet. One was found to be severed and one was wearing a hiking boot. Still an open case but they don't do anything because they say they have nothing to go on. Is it to expensive to check into all missing person cases and try and match DNA. I never believed the suicide story. If they were committing suicide you would not only get there feet.

    September 9, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Panties

      OKay, I give up. What would you get besides "there" feet?

      September 9, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |