Are some of the feet from missing victims from the 2004 Asian Tsunami?
Please note that I have updated this article and expanded on my viewpoint at the following link. I still adhere to much of what is written in this current article but my new article better explains my position on the mystery now as I have tweaked my viewpoint somewhat based on my continuing research on the matter.
December 16th, 2010 – I have followed the stories surrounding the Pacific Northwest human foot discoveries intermittently over the years and I have come to the conclusion that many of the feet, most of which whose owners have not been identified, probably belong to people who have been lost at sea or who died near the ocean and were washed out to sea by currents. While that may seem so obvious to many to barely be worth mentioning more specifically, it is my opinion that many of the feet/shoes may be the final remains of people who died in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
I do not profess myself to be the original supporter of this theory however I do aim to become a leading advocate with hopes that authorities like police investigators and university professors start to consider the theory more broadly as I fully believe that it has been overlooked.
However I would like to state that my opinion is only that some of the feet/shoes are from the Asian Tsunami in 2004 and that the other explanations may have some insight, as is clear in some cases.
Here is my theory which I believe may explain several of the shoes/feet along with facts that support the theory and my premises.
My position holds that the following chain of events is not just possible, but probable.
After the 2004 Asian Tsunami hit the Indian Ocean/South Pacific region scores of bodies ended up being washed out to sea in the affected region of the world. The remains of these bodies were partly/mostly eaten by sharks/marine life, except for the feet inside the shoes which an animal probably wouldn’t eat. Also the feet didn’t decompose due to protective properties associated with the shoe and socks, a fact widely accepted as true regarding the found feet/shoes.
Those shoes, with the feet inside and no longer attached to a body, then entered the ocean’s currents.
Those shoes and feet drifted in the currents for years and all the while the feet were preserved inside the shoes until they drifted far away from their original source.
Eventually the shoes/feet entered currents directed toward Vancouver Island, greater Vancouver, and the Pacific Northwest of the USA – a common deposit point for objects caught in the Pacific trade winds that affect the ocean’s currents.
It is possible that numerous shoes that came to this region were never inspected because they appeared to be nothing but garbage on the beach.
But when one was inspected in 2007 by a young and curious girl on Jedediah Island and was found to have human remains the public interest in shoes on the beach started in my part of the world, Southwestern Canada/Northwestern USA, and that lead to people looking at shoes on the beach differently in our region, a factor that fueled the subsequent findings.
Many of the shoes whose manufacturing roots are known were made in varying parts of the world, like India, Canada, or the USA and that suggests that the people that wore them might have come from different parts of the world as well. That is exactly what you would expect to find in a resort type area like many of the areas that characterize many of the areas hit by the tsunami.
The Asian Tsunami lead to thousands of people going missing and while its improbable that any specific individual who was washed out to sea would end up washed ashore in Vancouver’s or Seattle’s greater area, due to the high volume of missing people associated with the event what seems improbable at first might not actually be so improbable when the larger scale is looked at.
If one person was washed out to sea during the Asian Tsunami he/she would not have been likely to end up on shores in Western Canada or the Western USA but if hundreds or thousands of people get washed out to sea then some of them might. It’s a mistake to assume that the Tsunami was too far away from Washington/BC for people’s feet/shoes to drift here. As an analogy, an individual sperm has only a small chance of fertilizing an egg but one often does just due to the volume of sperm involved. In the same way, numerous dead may have started a journey in the oceans/seas toward Canada/the USA but only the ones with the correct alignment of chance variables made it.
What probably happened is that the people whose bodies were lost to the sea in countries like Thailand or Indonesia during the Tsunami ended up in some kind of ocean current or pathway that had a northern tendency or that eventually fueled one with a northern tendency. For instance Indonesia is close to the South Equatorial current and that can meet the North Equatorial ocean current, which travels east to west in the South Pacific. The North Equatorial current appears to fuel the northward Kuroshio ocean current that travels up the Asian coast and then west to east across the Pacific Ocean.
I believe that the mean flow for the ocean currents from parts of the region that were hit by the Tsunami and onward would eventually lead to some debris from the Asian Tsunami landing in BC and Washington.
Use this link to check out a map of the ocean currents and it is the map that I have based some of my opinions on:
Vancouver Island and the islands around it are renown for their waves and the region has been called, perhaps with some direct relevance in this case, the Graveyard of the Pacific, so it’s not surprising that items in the ocean that are adrift might end up shoring in this region of the world.
The people who owned these shoes/feet are not likely to be mafia victims or victims of gang violence as some presume. They are not likely to be airplane crash or shipwreck victims either in my opinion. These theories are based on imagined events which are not substantiated by known facts – people claim that there is a shipwreck but no one POINTS to the actual shipwreck., for example. The Asian Tsunami theory is rooted in a known event that remains one of the biggest news stories of this century.
The owners of the feet/shoes are not necessarily locals to Vancouver or Seattle or the surrounding areas either although they may be Canadians or Americans who vacationed at that time to the region that was hit by the tsunami. Even if the shoes were found to be American made or Canadian made that would not contradict this theory and even if the feet were determined to be from European bloodlines that would make no difference. The Asian Tsunami killed indiscriminately in tourist areas with diversity in terms of footwear and ethnicities.
In general these feet/shoes simply belonged to people who were lost during the Asian Tsunami on December 26th, 2004 although the local Vancouver man who committed suicide is one clear exception and others may surface as well.
But four of the shoes that were found with feet in them in 2007 and 2008 are known to have been manufactured before December 26th, 2004 – the date of the Asian Tsunami. The individuals who wore these shoes are most likely to have been Tsunami victims in my opinion, people whose footwear and location of death aligned in such a way as to permit the massive northward and trans-Pacific journey.
Even the Ozark-Trail brand boot that was found on the foot that washed up in December 2010 was sold in Walmart Stores in 2004 and 2005. If it was 2004 – and not 2005 – then it would likely have been sold before the Asian Tsunami hit as it was a very late event/catastrophe in the 2004 calendar year. The boy wearing the boot may have been on a family vacation to Thailand, or another country that was hit.
Just the fact that the boot is so old implies that the shoe was adrift for years. After all, who really wears hiking footwear for years, a type of shoe/boot that goes through a great deal of wear and tear? The implications of the shoe being 5 to 6 years old imply that the shoe was on the ocean surface for years.
Small objects can float great distances and for a long time so I hope that this theory, that some of the shoes/feet are from the Asian Tsunami in 2004, gets looked at. If you were to throw a note in a bottle and into the ocean then it could end up in any part of the world provided it’s given enough time to travel and the final destination is possible with the currents.
Some of the shoes were found as early as 2007 and in my opinion there was enough time between their discoveries and December 26th, 2004 for the shoe to float from Thailand or Indonesia if they happened to hit the necessary trajectories within the ocean’s currents. Other origins are possible as well.
It is my hope that this theory steers the authorities, with open minds, in the proper direction so that they can solve this mystery which might not even be related to crime but of course, one that has to be investigated as it deals with human remains.
However it is my belief that my position, that the feet/shoes washing up in the Pacific Northwest and BC coastal region are from people who died in the Asian Tsunami, will simply be met with skepticism until someone like a professor of ocean currents has a light turned on in his/her head and lends some weight to the issue.
What investigators should be doing in my opinion is trying to find someone who lost a loved one in the catastrophe and who can also identify the make/model of the shoes. Not the actual shoes themselves – but an example of the shoe in perfect condition. Then DNA sampling from a foot can go from there. If the conclusion can be made that one of the feet came from a Tsunami victim, that would have implications for all feet with shoes that were made before December 26th, 2004.
It may seem like a longshot but it’s the direction that the investigation should be taking in my opinion. In my view this riddle is solved by simply cross-referencing the ocean currents with the manufacturing dates of the shoes and that takes us back to 2004 and the South Pacific/Indian Ocean boundary region. We know countless thousands went into the ocean that day and while many never came back those who were wearing the right type of footwear may have found their way to the Graveyard of the Pacific.