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Vancouver Island Human-Foot-in-Shoe Find Is 13th Since 2007

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Shoe with human foot is examined by coroner service. (image from CTV video)  

By    |   Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 07:27 AM

Vancouver Island's latest human-foot-in-shoe case is the 13th of similar grisly discoveries along the British Columbia coastline since 2007 and authorities are again coordinating efforts to identify the person.

The foot in a sock in a running shoe washed ashore near Port Renfrew on Sunday, but authorities don't suspect foul play, according to The Canadian Press.

British Columbia coroner Matt Brown told the news agency he was trying to identify the person but confirmation will likely come from DNA testing.

In the other cases, 10 of the body parts have been identified as coming from seven people, all connected to cases involving in accidents or suicides, said Brown.

Investigators believe the foot, which was found by a hiker in the area, separated from the body naturally after being in the water for a long period, Barb McLintock of the coroner service told CNN.

The foot's discovery stunned Charlotte Stephens, whose husband made the find along the island's Botanical Beach, said CBC News.

"He picked it up and brought it out on to the beach, and we had a look at it for about five minutes and we thought, it almost looks like there is an actual foot bone in it," said Stephens.

A Sooke Royal Canadian Mounted Police post said they were investigating the incident with the coroner's office after being contacted by the family.

Brown told CBC News that the shoe went on sale after March 2013, giving investigators some clue as to how long the foot has possibly been in the water. He added that ocean currents make it difficult knowing where it entered the water.

"So I think it's fair to say we are looking for someone gone missing from March 2013 and December 2015," said Brown. "That's why we're working with our police counterparts and through our own information to determine who may be missing in the area to perhaps use that as a starting point."

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