Disembodied foot found Sunday on Gabriola beach

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, May 8 2018

A disembodied foot inside a shoe was found this past weekend on the shoreline of Gabriola, downhill from the Gabriola Community Hall.

Cpl. Nathan Dame said the foot was found by a couple visiting from Vancouver, around noon on Sunday, May 6. “They were walking along the beach. Out of the corner of his eye he saw a shoe with a bone sticking out of it. It was caught in some logs on the beach.”

Dame said the investigation now belongs to the BC Coroners’ Service, who will take custody of the foot.

He added so far there doesn’t appear to be foul play.

At least 13 such finds have been made along the BC Coastline since one was found on August 26, 2007 on Gabriola, at the end of Stalker Road.

In 2013, through genetic analysis, the BC Coroners Service matched the foot found on Gabriola in 2007 with another foot found in Delta in 2007.

The remains were identified as a formerly missing individual last known to have lived in Surrey, and the family was informed.

In June of 2017, the Gabriola RCMP received a call of a body on a beach in Noel Bay on Valdes Island.

Through forensic testing the person was identified as someone witnessed jumping off the Pattulo Bridge in Surrey on June 1 of that same year.