A human foot in a white sneaker found on the shore at a Seattle park is the 13th such gruesome discovery in the region since 2007.
The Seattle Times reports that port spokesman Peter McGraw says volunteers cleaning the park found the shoe and foot Tuesday.
Port police turned both over to the King County medical examiner’s office, according to The Associated Press.
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Since 2007, there have been roughly a dozen cases in which a human foot encased in a tennis shoe has washed ashore in regional waters. A number of them were found in British Columbia.
In a couple of cases, investigators determined the feet belonged to men who had been reported missing.
The Times reports that oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer of Seattle says it’s common for decomposing bodies to come apart at the joints, including at the ankles.
He knows of at least two feet turning up in Puget Sound over the past decade. He says new lightweight sneakers stay buoyant and float sole up, protecting the remains.
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