British Columbia

Human foot found on southern Vancouver Island

Sooke RCMP confirm human remains were discovered Thursday morning.

Foot found in shoe in Jordan River area with part of leg attached

A human foot was found at Jordan River Thursday morning by a man walking his dogs. This is the 13th foot found on B.C.'s coast since 2007. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

A human foot has been discovered in the Jordan River area northwest of Sooke, B.C.

Sooke RCMP say a man was walking his dogs around 8 a.m. Thursday, when one of the dogs found the foot, which was still in a shoe and had part of the leg attached. 

The B.C. Coroners Service say the man took the bones home and then contacted police, who attended the scene along with an assistant coroner.

The bones — a foot, tibia, and fibula — have been seized and the area searched.

The investigation is now in the hands of the B.C. Coroners Service, which will work to identify the deceased and determine cause of death.

Andy Watson of the B.C. Coroners Service says they are in the early stages of the investigation, but have determined the bones are those of a human. 

He asked people who make similar discoveries to call the authorities immediately.

"In this case, someone out walking their dog[s] took the bones home. Certainly no ill intent there, but if people do see something like that in the future, call us before touching the remains."

RCMP are doing another sweep Friday to see if there are any other remains.

This is the 13th foot found along the B.C. coast since 2007. The most recent was in February 2016 at Botanical Beach, approximately 74 kilometres north of Sooke.

With files from Emily Brass


  • An earlier version of this story said the foot was the 14th found since 2007. In fact, the B.C. Coroners Service says it is the 13th.
    Dec 08, 2017 12:36 PM PT