Two feet that washed ashore on two separate B.C. islands three years ago have been identified as belonging to a Surrey resident.
The two feet, found inside size 11 Nike running shoes, were discovered on Valdez Island and Westham Island on Feb. 8, and June 16, 2008, respectively.
After an analysis by the Coroners Service of B.C., the feet were identified as belonging to a 21-year-old Surrey resident who was reported missing in January 2004.
The coroner is not revealing the ethnicity or discussing the cause of death, but did say foul play has been ruled out.
The coroners service says it determined the feet were removed by the natural processes that occur in a marine environment.
The coroners service worked with the RCMP and the Delta Police Department, as well as other municipal detachments, which forwarded missing persons cases.
A DNA match was then made with the person reported missing from Surrey in January, 2004. It’s believed that was the month the man died.
Seven feet belonging to five individuals were discovered between August
2007 and October 2009.
The coroners service has positively identified four as belonging to three individuals. With the assistance of law enforcement partners, the service continues to work toward identifying the remaining three, which are from one male and one female. To date, no evidence indicates any of the deaths are suspicious.