The left leg and foot that washed up on a Jordan River beach in December belonged to a 79-year-old Washington state man, the B.C. Coroners Service said Wednesday.
The special investigations unit used DNA analysis to link the human remains, found on Dec. 7 by a Jordan River man walking his dog, to Stanley K. Okumoto from East Bremerton in Kitsap County, Washington.
Okumoto went missing on Sept. 19, 2017. His vehicle was found the next day in Clallam County, about 240 kilometres away from his home. His body washed up on a remote beach on the Juan de Fuca Strait two months later, but was missing the left leg and foot. The body was identified through dental records.
Clallam County prosecutor Mark Nichols, who is also the county’s coroner, was able to rule out foul play, according to Washington state media.
Okumoto’s DNA and the DNA from the leg and foot were compared and proved to be a match, the coroners office said.
Thirteen disembodied feet have washed up on B.C.’s coastline since 2007.
Ten of those have been identified as belonging to seven people who died by accident or suicide. One foot was linked to a man who had gone missing 25 years earlier when his boat overturned near Port Moody.