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If a SEVERED HUMAN FOOT were to wash ashore pretty much anywhere in the world, it would likely trigger a sense of fear for nearby residents. But when it happens in British Columbia, authorities hardly bat an eye.

On Sunday, a family exploring Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew came across exactly what we just described: a running shoe containing a human foot still in its sock.

“It was kind of unbelievable,” Charlotte Stephens said. “We all kind of gathered around and looked at it for about five minutes trying to figure out if it was an actual human bone or maybe a hoax.”

The family reported what they found to police, and that’s where the story starts to get weird. The foot does indeed belong to a human, but authorities so far are not suspecting foul play. Yes, you read right–no foul play. But they’re not saying the victim did this to themselves, either.

It turns out that this discovery marks the 13th foot to wash ashore in B.C. in less than a decade, meaning this isn’t actually that rare. Which begs the question: What in the hell is going on over there?

“Of all [the severed feet discovered in the past decade], there was never a suggestion of foul play,” Barb Mclintock, with the B.C. Coroners Office, said. “They were all either accidental or, in fact, they were unfortunately suicides.”

Of the 13 feet to wash ashore, 10 have been identified, belonging to seven different people. For this most recent find, however, investigators have already determined that the victim must have been in the water since last December.

Needless to say, something is seriously afoot in B.C..

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