To everyone who already scared themselves stupid by watching Netflix’s Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, you’re about to have another reason to avoid the Pacific Northwest like the plague.
The CBC is reporting further developments in the decade plus long case of disembodied human feet washing up on the shores around Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada.
The first foot washed ashore, clad in a sneaker, in August 2007. The FIFTEENTH disembodied sneaker clad foot was discovered in September 2018.
The British Columbia Coroners Service mapped out the location where each foot was found, whether it was the right or left foot, what it was wearing (14 were clad in sneakers, one in a boot) and if the foot has been “identified.”
But why is all this information being shared with the public?
10 of the 15 feet have been identified with DNA evidence. All of the identified feet belong to missing persons.
One foot found in 2011 belongs to a man who went missing in 1985!
Where has his foot been for 26 years‽
Eight of the 15 feet were found to belong to four people, meaning both the left and right foot from the same person were found. But none of the pairs of feet washed ashore at the same time.
Foot #8, a left foot belonging to an unidentified man, was found in August 2011. Over a year later in October 2012, foot #10 was found.
And all the other body parts still remain missing.
Wait, they’re just finding severed feet in sneakers everywhere?
— Alex Sanders (@ImAlexSanders) February 12, 2019
The coroners service stated the feet are not directly linked to specific crimes due to the inability to determine a cause of death.
“they’re not linked to any sort of suspicious circumstance”…EXCEPT FOR ALL THE MISSING PEOPLE!
— Brian Toombs (@toombsday) February 12, 2019
It should be noted that the coroners service is only trying to identify the remains. Once the remains are identified, the case for the coroners service is considered solved.
Investigating why these missing people became separated from their feet and why their feet ended up in the Pacific Ocean would be a matter for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). But with no cause of death, the RCMP has no crime to investigate.
Did all of these missing people die of natural causes?
Or did something more sinister happen to them?
Why Do Severed Human Feet Keep Washing Ashore in Canada? https://t.co/GEjug4LkpJ *stares at Canadian twitter*
— ❄Mikki Kendall❄ (@Karnythia) December 14, 2017
Forget Bigfoot. These regular, human-sized feet are the scariest thing in the Pacific Northwest. In the waters between northern Washington state and southern British Columbia, Canada, 21 severed feet and counting have surfaced on local beaches. https://t.co/2ejGc0zoXf
— Popular Science (@PopSci) January 16, 2019
Canada, what is up with all your severed feet?
— Lizzie O'Leary (@lizzieohreally) May 30, 2012
Some in and around Vancouver are beginning to fear a serial killer.
The mystery of the severed human feet being found along the Canadian coastline continues
— Marian Wang (@mariancw) February 14, 2019
I WOULD STRAIGHT UP MOVE. Wow that’s weird and …none of those explanations make much sense with the timeline. Why just feet? Even if they do detach, why *never* any other body parts?
— dandy in dystopia (@winged) February 16, 2019
Weird mob activity? Serial killer? Idk but I do not believe this ‘oh, it’s all from this one boat’ or ‘these are all suicides and we just only get the feet’ theories like…what
— dandy in dystopia (@winged) February 16, 2019
Wait! What!? Serial killer? A Sea creature that dislikes feet?
— JULIE (@CHULY_CHULY_) February 14, 2019
According to Vancouver City Coroner Stephen Fonseca, there is “no evidence of mechanical disarticulation”—meaning the feet show no direct evidence of cutting tools or other forms of manual removal from the rest of the body.
“There’s certainly nothing to indicate that they died at the hands of another.”
However with only a foot that has been exposed to the environment for an unknown period to go on, little evidence of tool marks would remain unless it was found on the bones still attached to the foot.
Were the feet cut off or did they fall off?
Without a fresh foot or the rest of the body, there is no way to tell.
People theorized the feet came from downed airliners or ships lost at sea or tsunami victims or were medical waste or the result of a funeral home dumping bodies in the ocean as well as other logical explanations, but the positive identifications disproved all those theories.
That doesn’t stop people from continuing to share the disproven theories as fact however.
Since 2007, fifteen tennis shoes with severed feet inside have appeared on the shores of #Vancouver, Canada. Local police think they have cross the Pacific, victims of a tsunami or any other natural disaster. The shoes, in good condition, belong to men usually 50 or less, Weird! pic.twitter.com/JnYhdvnOio
— Andrés Rivero (@TheWhip718) February 13, 2019
Interesting look at the finding of 11 dismembered feet on shores largely around Vancouver, Canada: http://t.co/3AW9Bj6
— Steffani Cameron, the Full Nomad (@SnarkySteff) September 5, 2011
— Maria ماريا (@antitoes) December 14, 2017
With 5 more feet left to identify (so far), the Coroners Service is asking for the public’s help.
Andy Watson, a spokesperson for the B.C. Coroners Service, said:
“Typically, our process would be that we would work with any of the available information that we would find at a scene to help determine the identity, but, in this case, we’ve exhausted those options.”
“So, now we’re turning to the public, in hopes that we can get some information to help create a match and determine the identification.”
— LadyPolitik (@Ladypolitik) December 14, 2017
read about this the other day, it is so bizarre and who do these feet belong to ?
— ???????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????? (@chixtumanitue) December 14, 2017
Adding to the mystery, not all of the remains belonged to Canadians.
Some belonged to people from the United States. The active tide systems surrounding the beaches of British Columbia are thought to be the reason for this.
I wish I could tell ya. We are just as confused.
— Jasmine Lukuku (@jasminelukuku) December 14, 2017
…my country is weird. You're country is insane, mine is just weird.
— Greg Fahlgren (@gregfahlgren) December 14, 2017
— KillerQueenie (@KillerQueenie) December 14, 2017
that is…a question.
— jenn the flower (@jenn_theflower) December 14, 2017
My guess? Japanese tsunami victims. Bodies sink but shoes float, so as the body decays the foot in the shoe separates & floats & currents bring it to the Pacific Northwest
— Peggy Wolohan von Burkleo (@SamhainNight) December 14, 2017
The Vancouver police would like anybody with information to contact BC Coroners Service at 1-877-660-5077 and [email protected]
Oh, I remember reading abt this a while back (must have been #14). (spoiler alert) Apparently, it's all abt the shoes. No foul play, basically unnoticed ppl jumping or falling. Sad and creepy.https://t.co/j3mvJOBqVi
— Suzy Daniels (@SuzyD_313) February 15, 2019
Oh, This has been going on for over a decade. Men's feet, inside their shoe washing ashore in a relatively small area. And this is what they said: The coroners service has previously said that evidence does not indicate the deaths are suspicious."… https://t.co/XIaGz68YYI
— Cynthia I. Maddox (@Dixiegirl1028) February 14, 2019
"The coroners service has previously said that evidence does not indicate the deaths are suspicious."
This is *the most BC* answer possible. 10/15 feet are those belonging to missing persons. WTF. ????https://t.co/scm5non23H
— ɢᴇɴᴇʀᴀʟ ʙʀᴏᴄᴋ (@MGB_CDN) February 14, 2019
In addition to positive identification, hopefully the mystery of where these feet are coming from and what happened to the people they belonged to will also be solved.
All that is known for sure is 7 missing persons’ cases spanning 33 years lead to 10 disembodied feet washing ashore in British Columbia over the last 12 years along with 5 more unidentified feet belonging to 4 more people.
- 15 feet so far
- 11 people
- 33 years of missing persons’ cases
- 12 years of feet washing ashore
It may turn out that all 11 people died of natural causes or maybe something fishy really is going on here.