The British Columbia Coroners Service said Wednesday that it had opened an investigation after a human foot washed up on the province’s shoreline, the 13th since 2007. Like most of the other cases, the current one involves a foot wearing a running shoe. It was found by a hiker on Vancouver Island’s Botanical Beach on Sunday. The coroner’s office said the foot became detached from the body because of “prolonged immersion in water.” The style of the running shoe that was found was first sold in North American stores in March 2013, indicating that the death occurred sometime after that date. The coroner’s office confirmed that 10 of the 12 feet in earlier cases came from seven people who have been identified. It said that foul play was not evident in the other cases.
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