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Originally published Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 6:22 PM

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Tacoma police say human foot washed ashore

Police in Tacoma, Wash., are trying to gather more information about a human foot that washed ashore in the city's Tideflats area.

The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. —

Police in Tacoma, Wash., are trying to gather more information about a human foot that washed ashore in the city's Tideflats area.

Police spokesman Mark Fulghum (FULL-jum) said Tuesday that the right foot was still inside a boy's size 6 "OzArk Trail" hiking boot and likely belonged to a juvenile or small adult. He says the boots were sold in Walmart stores from 2004 to 2005.

The foot found recently is believed to have floated in from either the Puyallup River or Puget Sound.

In late August, a right foot washed up on a beach on Whidbey Island, about 70 miles north of Tacoma. Island County sheriff's officers said that foot likely belonged to a woman or a child.

Island County sheriff's Detective Ed Wallace said then that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were sharing information about seven feet that have washed up in the past four years on British Columbia shores.

Fulghum says Tacoma police don't know yet whether there might be any connection to the other cases.

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