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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sixth Foot a Hoax

Since August 2007, six feet have washed ashore in British Columbia. Five of the six feet were left feet and one was found near my own little village of Ladner. Click on the map to enlarge & find Vancouver. Below Vancouver you'll see Richmond and below that is my village of Ladner. You can see why I'm a bit creeped out about all this, being so close to home.

All of the feet have been found inside running shoes, buoyant because of their thick, air-filled soles. Police have released few details, but the first four showed signs of disarticulation, which means the foot separated naturally from the leg, not through severing that would prompt speculation of foul play.

The story has generated worldwide interest and has been picked up by CNN (Larry King was discussing it this evening), the BBC, Fox News, the Associated Press, and others. Although the police have not released much information, many are hypothesizing that the feet are from victims that were illegal stowaways thrown overboard at sea. Others are suggesting they are the result of organized crime or that they are from the four victims of a light airplane crash off the BC coast more than three years ago. Ocean current experts suggest that the location of the finds suggest that the feet all could have been washed down the mighty Fraser River. Forensic pathologists are hard at work to find some DNA that might lead to the source of this mystery.
With all of this going on, the coroners office announced today that the latest foot was actually an animal's skeletonized paw stuffed into a sock and shoe, packed with dried seaweed. Of course everyone agrees that this type of hoax is reprehensible and disrespectful to families of missing persons. Hopefully, the mystery of the feet will be solved very soon. Your thoughts?

8 comments:

Katney said...

My only thought echoes yours--that is creepy!

jmb said...

It seems everywhere I go people are talking about this and asking each other do they have a theory. I think I was asked this at least three times in the last two days.

Josie said...

My theory is it is connected to the young men who have gone missing in the last little while. The police are starting to connect those dots as well. I think they're going to start testing the DNA.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

You are the first person I thought about when I read this..very creepy indeed!!!

Never thought for one moment though that it would be right on your doorstep, so to speak.

Liz said...

Husband was telling me yesterday that he'd read about this in the Times. Spooky. If it's not foul play, why only the right feet? Coincidence? Very spooky!

Russell said...

Goodness! I guess the good news is that the last foot was not acutally a real foot - which is a tragedy no matter how it came to be...

The bad news is that someone would do something like this.

This is certainly a most perplexing story....

Take care.

Ellee Seymour said...

How bizarre this is. Someone, somewhere knows the answer, that's for sure...

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes - creepy!