Appeal over human foot found on the bank by the River Severn in Deerhurst, Gloucestershire, near Odda’s Chapel
POLICE have appealed for information on a human foot found by a riverbank on Gloucestershire.
The decomposed foot was found by a couple walking along the River Severn in Deerhurst near Odda’s Chapel on March 21 2009.
Since the discovery police have been working to identify the person the foot came from and how it came to be on the riverbank.
Investigations have included a dredge of the river and enquiries with the UK Missing Person Bureau. Additional forensic tests were carried out on the foot in June last year, revealing it came from a white man aged older than 17 and between five foot 4 inches and five foot ten inches tall.
The foot was in a size nine and half grey Vision trainer with a white rubber sole and a dark grey sock.
Detective Constable Penny Starkey said investigations were still continuing more than three years later. “We have always kept an open mind about how the foot got there,” she said.
“Officers carried out a thorough search of the area it was found and DNA tests confirmed that the foot belongs to a man but no other clues have been identified and sadly we still don’t know the person’s identity.
“It has been several years since the discovery and despite an extensive investigation this mystery is still yet to be solved.
“With all other lines of enquiry exhausted we’re making one more appeal to the public for information in the hope that the case can finally be put to rest.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Gloucestershire police on 101.
Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org