Bone of missing foot 'sticking out:' witness
After watching police walk away with the latest severed foot to show up on the shorelines of southern B.C., a Vancouver Island woman admitted she was shaken by the experience.
Sandra Malone says a woman collecting rocks discovered the human foot on Wednesday while she was collecting rocks on a beach in Campbell River. It was encased in a size 10 Adidas running shoe.
"I got the chills right away - you know, pretty grossed out,'' said Sandra Malone, who was alerted to the find when the woman came calling for help.
"I got my husband to come out with me and go over and take a look and it's definitely a foot in a shoe, you could see the bone sticking out."
Police later came to collect the remains of what is the sixth severed foot to show up on a southwestern B.C. shoreline since August, 2007. The fifth was found in the Vancouver suburb of Ladner on Tuesday.
"It's beginning to be a little bit unbearable," said Sally Feast. Three years ago Feast's brother and four other men took off from Campbell River in a plane, which later crashed near Quadra Island, an island in the Georgia Strait between Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland.
Only one body was ever recovered.
In a bid to find out who the feet belong to forensic examiners have asked the families of the missing men to provide DNA samples.
However there have been no DNA matches so far, meaning that this latest find only adds to the frustration of the families who have been hoping that the missing remains will finally be located.
"It's a constant reminder of the lack of closure in regards to this accident,'' said Kirsten Steven's, whose husband died in the crash.
"We know it's completely possible for one or more of these feet to belong to Arnie or Doug or Trevor or Fabian."
One forensic expert believes the feet are likely connected, but their origin isn't clear.
"We could be looking at an incident that didn't even officially happen in our waters. It could be one of those massive international boats that goes through this area, " said Dr. Gail Anderson of the Simon Fraser University Centre for Forensic Research,
B.C.'s chief coroner Terry Smith has said foul play is not suspected in this case. "There is no other process on going other than disarticulation of the feet,'' he said.
With a report by CTV British Columbia's Maria Weisgarber