Human foot in boot washes ashore on Everett island

Beachgoers found the severed body part on the afternoon of New Year’s Day.

EVERETT — A human foot in a boot washed ashore on the south end of Jetty Island in Everett.

The foot was discovered by beachgoers around 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day, on the skinny two-mile-long island west of the marina, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said. Police found no other human remains.

No details had been released as of Wednesday about the boot or any other clues. It’s not clear how long the body part had been there, how it was severed or where it came from.

Its origin is now being investigated by the Everett Police Department and the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Surprisingly often, the currents of the Salish Sea carry severed feet onto Pacific Northwest shores, a phenomenon that has been covered by NPR, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Always they are snugly protected by a running shoe or hiking boot. Past solved cases have included DNA matches to people who died of suicide or misadventure.

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