Or at least a very plausible theory has been put forward.
Missing feet solved - NYPOST.com
Since 2007, nine disembodied feet, most still inside sneakers, have washed up off the coasts of British Columbia and Washington state, sparking an international guessing game over their ghoulish origins.
Among the most popular theories: that the feet belonged to victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami, or illegal stowaways, or were the final remains of the victims of a serial killer who had come up with a highly original calling card.
Finally, the mystery has been cracked, and the cause is as pedestrian as it is tragic: These feet, according the coroner’s office of British Columbia, almost all belong to suicides, and almost all of them jumped from bridges spanning the powerful Fraser River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver.
Once the bodies sank — a dead body will expel the gases that keep it afloat within hours — the body begins to decompose, limbs begin to separate and marine life begins to feed.
Feet shod in polymer-based sneakers, however, survived — fish can’t chew through them.
“It’s very explainable,” said coroner Stephen Fonseca, who’s worked on each of the cases. “The unusual nature of this is that the feet were found in a very short period of time.”
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