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Human foot in sneaker found on Seattle shore

By The Associated Press

SEATTLE - A Port of Seattle spokesman says a human foot in a white sneaker has been found on the shore at a park near Seattle's Pier 68.

The Seattle Times reports that port spokesman Peter McGraw says volunteers cleaning the park found the shoe and foot Tuesday.

Port police turned both over to the King County medical examiner's office.

Since 2007, there have been roughly a dozen cases in which a human foot encased in a tennis shoe has washed ashore in regional waters. A number of them were found in British Columbia.

In a couple of cases, investigators determined the feet belonged to men who had been reported missing.

The Times reports that oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer of Seattle says it's common for decomposing bodies to come apart at the joints, including at the ankles.

He knows of at least two feet turning up in Puget Sound over the past decade. He says new lightweight sneakers stay buoyant and float sole up, protecting the remains.

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