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West Vancouver Police / BC Coroner's Service - Public Assistance Requested

February 11, 2019   West Vancouver Police File #18-10684

West Vancouver Police and the BC Coroners Service are looking for public assistance to help identify a foot found in a shoe along the West Vancouver shoreline early last September.

On September 03, 2018, West Vancouver Police responded to a report of a human foot found inside a shoe along the shoreline at the 30th Street beach access in West Vancouver. (South of Marine Drive and 30th Street)   No evidence has been identified to this point to indicate a death resulting from foul play.  West Vancouver Police are working with the Coroner's Service.

After conducting tests, including a DNA analysis, in an attempt to determine the identity of the deceased, a match was not found with any of the profiles on file for missing persons. However, DNA evidence does show the foot is that of a male.

The BC Coroners Service is asking for any information people may have related to the shoe or to whom it may belong. The decedent was wearing a light grey Nike Free RN shoe with a black Nike swoosh logo and white base, white laces and a blue sock.

The shoe was a men’s U.S. size 9.5 with an OrthoLite insert. The shoe was manufactured between Feb. 1 and April 17, 2017, and appeared to be in relatively new condition.

Based on the bone structure of the foot, the coroners service’s identification specialist believes the age at death is under 50.

Anyone with information that may assist is asked to call West Vancouver Police at 604 925-7300 or call or email the BC Coroners Service at 1 877 660-5077 and: [email protected]

This is the 15th human foot found on British Columbia shorelines since August 2007. Ten of these feet have been matched to missing persons, while five remain unidentified.

Contacts:

Cst. Jeff Palmer                                           Andy Watson

Communications Officer                              Manager 

West Vancouver Police                               Strategic Communications

604-925-7429                                              BC Coroner's Service

                                                                    250-356-9253

Top view of recovered shoe

Side image of recovered shoe

Image of insole from recovered shoe