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Coroner investigates remains found in False Creek

September 2nd, 2011

The BC Coroners Service has launched a forensic investigation to identify human remains found on Tuesday afternoon in False Creek in Vancouver.

An autopsy performed this morning revealed that there was no obvious evidence of trauma or mechanical disarticulation.  The leg appeared to have disarticulated naturally at the knee after lengthy exposure to water.

A sample was collected and submitted for DNA analysis this afternoon.  Additional forensic experts will be consulted during the course of this investigation. 

The foot is the eighth to be found on or near the coastline of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the southern Gulf Islands since August 2007. The BCCS has so far confirmed the identity of four of the previous seven feet.

The agency continues to work with the RCMP and municipal police departments to identify the other three feet, which belong to one female and one male. 

Three human feet have also been found on Washington State beaches. The BCCS continues to maintain links with the Washington State authorities on these cases.

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