Using recent DNA analysis, the B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed remains of a right foot found Feb. 8 on Valdes Island and the remains of a left foot found June 16 on Westham Island are from the same male.
The Coroners Service also has determined the right foot found on Kirkland Island on May 22 is from a female.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police say the identity of those persons and all the others remains a mystery. Investigators are reviewing all missing person files, including 243 men and 159 women, and have eliminated 130 missing men so far.
There is no evidence of trauma or tool marks on the feet and they appear to have been naturally separated from bodies, but police Constable Annie Linteau says no possibilities have been ruled out - including the possibility of homicide.
The feet washed ashore one at a time over ten months, Linteau said, under various circumstances:
- The first foot was located on August 20, 2007, on Jedidiah Island. It was found by a father and his 12-year-old daughter who were visiting from the United States while they were cruising on their boat. A search of the area produced no other human remains. The shoe is a "Campus" brand running shoe, primarily white with blue mesh and is believed to be a size 12. It was determined that it was produced in 2003 and distributed primarily in India.
- The second shoe was located August 26, 2007, on Gabriola Island and was found by a resident walking on a trail. This shoe is a men's "Reebok" running shoe primarily white in color and is a size 12. It was produced in 2004 and was distributed globally mostly in North America. It was first available on March 1, 2004 and is no longer available for purchase.
- The third shoe was located on February 2, 2008, by two forest workers on Valdez Island. A subsequent search of the area produced no other remains. This shoe is a men's blue and white "Nike" running shoe and is a size 11. It was produced in 2003 and sold in Canada and the United States from February 1 to June 30, 2003.
- The fourth foot was located on May 22, 2008, on Kirkland Island by the island's caretaker who discovered the foot while out for a walk along the shoreline. It is a women's blue and white "New Balance" running shoe, size 7. It was produced in June 1999 and distributed through major retail stores.
- The fifth foot was located on Westham Island on June 16, 2008, and as per Jeff Dolan's statement it matches the the third foot and shoe.
Then in June, a sixth foot was found on the shores of Campbell River. But it turned out to be a hoax; someone had packed a dog's paw inside a sock and sneaker.
"Until all of those remains have been identified, we are going to explore all possibilities," Linteau said.
The RCMP released photos of the sneakers that washed ashore and said anyone who thinks they might recognize them should call.
"We are inviting anyone who has a missing loved one last seen wearing these particular shoes to call our information line," Linteau said. The number is 866-504-3888.