Foot washes up on beach near Vancouver; seventh found on B.C. beaches since 2007

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VANCOUVER - Another gruesome mystery foot has washed ashore in Southern B.C. - the seventh since Aug. 2007.
The right foot was found encased in a running shoe on the shores of the Fraser River in Richmond on Tuesday.
Two men walking along the river found what appeared to be a foot inside a white Nike running shoe, size 8.5.
A forensic autopsy has confirmed the remains are human and efforts are being made to identify the person the foot belonged to.
RCMP Corp. Annie Linteau said it appears to be a man's shoe, but that hasn't yet been confirmed.
"We've have posted photos on our website of the footwear in the hopes that someone may recognize it as belonging to perhaps a missing loved one."
Linteau said there's been no evidence so far to support foul play in connection to any of the seven discoveries.
Police and the coroner's office say it appears that all the remains separated from the body through a natural process.
"There were no tool markings and it just did not appear that they were severed or forcibly removed," Linteau said in an interview.
All the found feet have been discovered tied up in running shoes. Experts have explained that the feet are found because as the body decomposes, the buoyant running shoe floats to the surface.
RCMP linked the first foot through DNA testing to a depressed man who went missing in July, 2007.
Two feet found separately in Richmond belong to the same woman, but she hasn't been identified.
Two male feet found separately on Valdez Island and Westham Island were matched to one man, and another lone male foot remains unidentified.
RCMP have been reviewing missing person cases for the past several months that have the highest probability of being found in the water.
"We're talking here about people that may have gone missing from a boat, missing fishermen, planes that may have gone down, etcetera," said Linteau.
If police suspect a missing person is linked to the foot, they then have to begin the process of obtaining a DNA sample if it's not already in their file.
Linteau said they've used a number of experts in this case to try and unlock the mystery of why the feet are being found, including oceanographers, forensic entomologists and forensic pathologists.
"It is very unusual."

Organizations: RCMP, Nike

Geographic location: Vancouver, Richmond, Southern B.C. Fraser River Valdez Island

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