WATCH: It’s a disturbing discovery that’s been made more than a dozen times times on the west coast of British Columbia. On Thursday, for the 13th time, a foot has been found. This one washed up on the beach near Jordan River. As Mary Griffin reports, the BC Coroner’s Service confirms the remains are human.
It is the province's strongest maritime mystery" human feet found on a beach. The latest was on Thursday morning, when a human foot and part of a leg was found near the Jordan River.
According to Sooke RCMP, a man was walking his dogs around 8 a.m. Thursday when one of the dogs found the foot. It still had a shoe and part of a leg attached.
"My understanding from RCMP is that a gentleman was walking his dog, and they came across the bone that way. And the gentleman called RCMP," Andy Watson with the B.C. Coroner's Service said.
Thirteen feet have been discovered since 2007. It started ten years ago with the discovery of a right foot on Jedediah Island. Then two more on Gabriola Island.
Over the next eight years, a total of twelve feet found along the east coast of Vancouver Island and the Mainland. Ten of the 12 feet belonged to eight individuals. Watson said they are attempting to find out who this latest discovery belongs to.
"In this case, we are in the early stages of trying to establish the facts to determine who this is. And we are working very closely with the RCMP to try and determine that," Watson said.
Forensic investigators will now focus on the shoe.
"One of the things that I think we'd look at is something like the shoe. Like, where is the shoe from? What kind of shoe is it? What size foot is it? The leg? All those sorts of things to try and determine, you know, gender, age, maybe where it came from," Watson said.
The coroner's service would like the public to know that if they do come across human remains, leave them where they are, and contact the authorities.