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Fishermen find human leg in Vancouver waters

By Erica Bulman, 24 Hours Vancouver

Cambie Street Bridge, under which a floating human leg was found Friday. (Wikimedia Commons)

Cambie Street Bridge, under which a floating human leg was found Friday. (Wikimedia Commons)

Vancouver police are investigating after two fishermen found a human right lower leg floating under the Cambie Street Bridge on Friday afternoon.

At 3:30 p.m., two fishermen returning to False Creek found what they believed to be a human lower leg and foot still wearing a running shoe, and called 911.

The remains were examined by the B.C. Coroners Service and were determined to be human.

Mark Wellburn and his friends were heading toward Third Beach to put out crab traps when they sailed past what looked like a piece of floating wood. But questioning what he'd really seen, Wellburn doubled back to make sure.

“It was a shoe floating upside down, with something hanging down. We scooped it out with a net,” Wellburn said. “There were two leg bones attached to a shoe.

“I felt sick when we pulled it out. My stomach turned.”

Wellburn said they called police and “20 minutes later, there were about 10 of them who came out in a boat.”

He said police told him the shoe was an exact match to the one on a left foot discovered floating about 30 metres further along in August 2011.

Police said there was no indication of an identity at this stage in the investigation, which will centre on identifying the victim.

Police said foul play is not suspected at this time.

Since August 2007, at least 10 feet have been found along the B.C. coast or in Sasamat Lake. Seven of those feet have been matched to five individuals. The BC Coroners Service has said none of the deaths appear to be suspicious.

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