Human foot found on south Florida beach


spaminator
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Human foot found on south Florida beach
Barbara Liston, REUTERS
First posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014 04:33 PM EST | Updated: Thursday, January 02, 2014 04:47 PM EST
ORLANDO, FLA. - Investigators in south Florida are trying to identify a human foot inside a tube sock and midsize white New Balance athletic shoe found by a beach walker on New Year's Day.
An autopsy on Thursday concluded that the foot likely separated naturally from a decomposing body in the water, either by the force of waves or because of a large fish shaking the body, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told Reuters.
"There is no evidence of man-made trauma. No cutting or sawing on it," Snyder said. "It was a clean dislocation. It just came apart."
The autopsy indicated the body part had been in the water for a period of a few days to 10 days, but could not determine the sex, race or cause of death, Snyder said.
The foot was discovered shortly after noon on Wednesday under sea grass at Peck Lake Beach at the north end of Jupiter Island, north of Palm Beach. After a ground and helicopter search over several miles, investigators found a matching shoe but no other human remains.
The shoes were all white except for the New Balance logo, estimated to be size 7-9 and described by Snyder as a running or cross-trainer style. Snyder said his gut reaction is that the victim was male.
"It's a kind of shoe I would buy and I wouldn't buy anything that looked like a woman's shoe," said Snyder, acknowledging that it is "not a scientific answer."
DNA analysis is under way, he said, and it could help identify the remains. But one potential claimant was ruled out quickly: A man who reported that his own foot had been cut off several days earlier by a boat propeller in Palm Beach County. Snyder said that man's footwear and the found shoes were not a match.
Snyder said his agency is considering the possibility that the foot may have belonged to a Juno Beach boater or a woman from Sebastian who disappeared recently in separate incidents.
Investigators also raised the possibility of the victim being a refugee who failed to make it to shore, or even a homicide victim kept in a freezer for any length of time.
Snyder said he couldn't recall another time when a body part washed up on Martin County beaches.
"It's pretty uncommon for us. But we're a coastal state. So I don't know that it's that uncommon from Key West up to Jacksonville," Snyder said.
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spaminator
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Human foot on Florida beach identified as mystery deepens
Barbara Liston, Reuters
First posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 09:20 PM EST | Updated: Friday, January 10, 2014 09:27 PM EST
ORLANDO The human foot found on a southeast Florida beach on New Year's Day has been matched by investigators using DNA to a missing local boater, who media reports say lost a brother in similar circumstances.
Dominic Porcaro, 64, had been missing since Dec. 19, when his boat washed ashore in Juno Beach in Palm Beach County. The foot - inside a tube sock and midsize white New Balance athletic shoe - was found 13 days later by a beach walker about 20 miles north.
DNA profiling confirms that the appendage belonged to Porcaro, a resident of Jupiter, said Amanda Phillips, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The day before he went missing, Porcaro was released from the Palm Beach County Jail, where he had been booked on a drunk driving charge, according to media reports.
Dominic's younger brother, John Anthony Porcaro, disappeared from his Hollywood, Florida, home in June 1998, after going fishing, according to the Palm Beach Post.
John Anthony Porcaro was an alleged associate of the Gambino crime family in New York, according to an FBI "Wanted" notice, and was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003 for involvement in a South Florida telemarketing scheme in which more than 400 people were defrauded of more than $5 million.
According to media reports at the time, he left a note for his wife, Filamena, saying: "Fil, went fishing, got call, swordfish are biting. Love, J. I'll call you later."
John Anthony Porcaro has not been seen since, and no body has been found.
An autopsy on the severed foot belonging to Dominic Porcaro concluded that it likely separated naturally from the decomposing body in the water, either by the force of waves or by a large fish or shark shaking the remains, according to Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.
But the cause of death remains under investigation, Phillips said.
"We're not calling it because it's not enough information to go on," he said.
Porcaro's 26-foot boat had run aground near the Jupiter Inlet with damage to the bow, but no blood or personal items were found on board, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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IdRatherBeSkiing
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Does it match any of the feed found in BC? Perhaps the left is on the left coast and the right is on the right coast.

Feet must be particularly non-tasty to sharks and such.
 
shadowshiv
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I must remind myself to never use my walking stick to poke at shoes that I see washed up on the beach!

Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiingView Post

Does it match any of the feed found in BC? Perhaps the left is on the left coast and the right is on the right coast.

Feet must be particularly non-tasty to sharks and such.

Considering how sharks will each pretty much anything, I think it's more along the lines that the shark just misses it whilst gnawing on the main part of the body.
 
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