Fourteenth anonymous foot washes on to Canadian shores

Some currently attached feet.
Some currently attached feet. Photo credit: Getty

A 14th mystery foot has washed ashore in Canada on the island of Gabriola.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police didn't say if it's a left or right foot, but it wasn't connected to any other part of the body, was wearing a hiking boot and had somehow become lodged into a mass of logs.

The New York Times reports 13 other feet have appeared on the coastline of Canada since 2007. Curiously, most of them were wearing athletic sneakers.

The first feet, two right ones, washed up on islands in the Salish Sea, which runs beween Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Most of the feet have appeared on that stretch of islands.

"Two being found in such a short period of time is quite suspicious," Garry Cox of the Oceanside Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the Vancouver Sun at the time.

"Finding one foot is like a million to one odds, but to find two is crazy."

Theories about what has brought the feet to Canada and what separated them from their owners have abounded in the nearly 11 years since.

Serial killers and drug cartels were among the suggestions for where the feet have come from, but the most likely answer is more tragic than macabre.

Modern day running shoes are quite buoyant and can be carried by currents if they become separated from a body at sea.

Law enforcement officials are mostly of the belief people are dying at sea and their feet become separated, floating and eventually making their way to Canada.

"It really didn't come up until we had running shoes that floated so well," coroner Barb McLintock told the Canadian Press in 2016.

"Before, they just stayed down there at the bottom of the ocean."