The BC Coroners Service said the person whose foot washed up in the Jordan River area northwest of Sooke, B.C. in December has been identified.
The foot, which was still in a black shoe and had part of the leg attached, was found by a man walking his dogs on Dec. 7. The BC Coroners Service said it belonged to Stanley K. Okumoto from Washington state.
Okumoto, who was 79 at the time, went missing on Sept. 19, 2017. His vehicle was found the next day in Clallam Country, approximately 240 kilometres away from his home in Bremerton and near the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
His body was found two months later in the same area but the left leg and foot were missing from the remains. The DNA from the foot and the leg, which had been taken by the Sooke RCMP and sent to the coroner’s office, and Okumoto’s DNA were compared. The testing confirmed the foot and the leg belonged to Okumoto.
Foul play was not suspected in Okumoto’s death. The BC Coroner’s Service said the investigation is ongoing.
This is the 13th foot found along the B.C. coast since 2007. The second most recent was in February 2016 at Botanical Beach, approximately 74 kilometres north of Sooke.