Seven feet have been found along the shores of BC between August 2007 and October 2009. We know that these feet belong to five people. It seemed very odd to have the feet turning up and there were many rumors about how the feet ended up on the banks almost like they were waiting to be found. The two feet that were identified this week were found Feb. 8 and June 16, 2008, on Valdez Island and Westham Island. The feet have been identified as a young man who went missing in 2004. There has not been much information about this young man but I am sure his family has been missing him all these years.
Identification and disaster response manager,Stephen Fonseca who is with the BC coroner’s office,says the process of identifying human remains can take weeks or years. It all depends on the information that is available,”Each missing person is compared to all unidentified human remains in the province,” said Stephen. “We have human remains dating back to the ’60s that are still waiting to be identified.” I find that absolutely horrifying because I know how hard it is to have a family member missing. I hate to sound like a broken record but we really need to have a Canadian DNA data base for all the missing people of Canada.
There are still three feet that are waiting to be identified. The investigation is ongoing.
Here is a link to a petition for a DNA Data bank for Missing Canadians
- DNA links two severed feet to missing Surrey man (thestar.com)
- Feet found on two islands came from Surrey resident (globaltvbc.com)