More than a dozen human feet in shoes have washed up on the shore of British Columbia and Washington over the past 11 years.
A man walking along a beach on Gabriola Island found the fourteenth foot on May 6. It was trapped in a pile of logs still wearing a hiking boot. The 13 feet found before it all were wearing running shoes, The New York Times reported.
After the first two detached feet were found in 2007, police and investigators grew “suspicious.”
“Two being found in such a short period of time is quite suspicious,” Oceanside Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Garry Cox said after the first two discoveries, according to The Washington Post. “Finding one foot is like a million to one odds, but to find two is crazy.”
None of the appendages have been the result of foul play, authorities have found. Many have been linked to missing persons, one report filed as far back as 1985, through DNA testing and attributed to accidents or suicide.
All the feet separated from their respective bodies through natural processes for bodies lost at sea, British Columbia’s Coroners Service spokesman Andy Watson told TheNYT.
The feet washed ashore due to the more modern footwear that is on each one. Modern shoes are made with more air pockets and have more buoyancy. After a foot separates from the body, a shoe can float the foot to the top of the ocean where it will drift until washing up on the beach, WaPo reported.