Friday, September 5, 2008

Severed Leg Found in Estuary

Fri, Sep 5, 2008 at 12:56 PM

From the Alameda Journal comes a news flash about a human leg discovered floating in the Oakland-Alameda Estuary on Wednesday by a local sailor preparing to move his boat from a slip off the 1800 block of Clement Avenue.

The grisly find "has prompted police to review recent missing-person cases in an attempt to identify the individual to whom it belonged," writes the AJ's Peter Hegarty, adding that Alameda police detective Sgt. Kevin McNiff described the find as "someone's lower leg," which apparently was "in the water for some time. ... After recovering the leg about 5 p.m., police turned it over to the Alameda County coroner's office, where staff members are expected to perform DNA and other tests to try and determine the leg's origin." The foot at the end of the leg was wearing a sneaker. As explained in last month's issue of Fortean Times magazine (in a story about three sneakered feet washing up on the same Canadian beach), sneakers are buoyant and tend to stay intact, so they "encase a foot and keep it floating" while the rest of the body, after falling apart due to natural disintegration, sinks to the sea floor. "The shoe usually floats sole up," we read in FT, which further protects the encased foot from seabird predations.

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