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Sixth foot a hoax 0

IRWIN LOY, 24 HOURS

The sixth foot found floating in B.C. waters was not human at all, but a hoax, the provincial coroners service confirmed today.

The foot found in a running shoe Wednesday near Campbell River was actually a skeletonized animal paw inserted into the shoe with a sock and packed with dried seaweed, a forensic pathologist concluded after an examination.

In a short news release Thursday, the B.C. Coroners Service called the hoax "reprehensible and very disrespectful" to the families of missing people.

"It fuels inappropriate speculation and creates undue anxiety for families and communities while wasting valuable investigative time and resources," the coroners service stated in a brief news release Thursday.

Meanwhile, investigations into the other five human feet are ongoing.


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