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Another human foot washed up on a Seattle shore Tuesday in the continuing gruesome saga of a Pacific Northwest mystery.


Photo: King County Medical Examiner’s Office

According to KCPQ-TV, volunteers cleaning up trash at Seattle’s Centennial Park near Pier 86 found the foot, which was still wearing a sneaker, and called the police. At least 15 feet have made land on the Northwest coast from Canada to Tacoma, Wash. since 2007.

An expert on tides said the feet could be local to the area, or they could enter the Puget Sound through the Strait of Georgia or the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

This foot was most likely not severed, but broke off from the rest of the body as it decomposed, according to forensic anthropologist Kathy Taylor. It made it to shore due to the buoyancy of the sneaker.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office is now trying to identify the foot by studying its DNA and the shoe, a white New Balance sneaker. But the mystery of floating feet still looms and has Seattle residents perplexed.

“Something has to bring it to an end,” Seattleite Albert Hulsen told KCPQ.

For more on this story, read KCPQ’s report.

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