Everett, WA – Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are investigating the discovery of a human foot that was found on Jetty Island in Everett around 2 p.m. on January 1st, 2019.
According to a press memo from the Everett Police Department, beach goers on the South end of Jetty Island called 9-1-1 to report the discovery of a boot with a foot inside. Marine Operations Officers and a Major Crimes Detective responded to the area and confirmed the finding of what appears to be a human foot inside a boot. Based on its condition, the boot appears to have been in the water for some time.
Detectives continue to investigate but cannot establish a definitive timeline or reason for the discovery.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office took custody of the boot to determine if a human foot was inside and will attempt to establish identity.
More than a dozen human feet in shoes have been found along the shoreline of Washington and Canada since 2007. Medical Experts say the grisly cases aren’t as mysterious as they may seem. Most likely the foot is that of a drowning victim, as are several detached feet discovered along the coasts in recent years. One former coroner told www.foxnews.com, that there is a simple explanation for how feet wash up on shore. “If someone disappears in the water for whatever reason-suicide, homicide, accidental drowning, boat or plane crashes – the body decomposes after a period of time,” said Dr. Michael Baden, who served as New Your City’s Chief Medical Examiner. While even clothed bodies don’t last long in the sea, feet inside shoes can last for years in the ocean.
“The bones start separating naturally as the soft tissue deteriorates” Baden said. ” And when it comes to the feet, the Shoes and sneakers tend to be sturdy enough that they can persist for years and decades and they will protect whatever is inside of them.”
No additional information is expected to be released on this incident unless the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office is able to develop information during their investigation.