“Foul Play Not Ruled Out”- The Mystery Goes On In Gloucestershire 10 Years After Severed Foot was Found


On March 21, 2009, a couple who had planned on having a picnic at River Severn locates a severed foot inside a training shoe.

It has been 10 years since that encounter on the River Severn and the case remains unsolved.

While keeping the case open, detectives don’t have any answers to questions of its identity. Where it came from is still a mystery up to this day.

After tracing missing persons, dead or alive, nobody seems to match the severed foot’s DNA; also, a body was never found.

Recently, a Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesperson confirmed that the possibility of foul play has never been ruled out.

However, an investigation for murder has never been started out because it is never a murder unless a body is found.

When found, the foot didn’t show any trauma but just dis-articulated.

The police confirmed that the investigation is still ongoing for this case.

However, the information is unclear, making it too limited, according to the UK Missing Persons Unit.

It was on the banks of the river at Odda’s Chapel, near Deerhurst that the shoe was noticed. The area is known with locals as well as tourists. After the discovery, the police had said that they were having an “open mind” about the situation.

The foot’s owner was male as confirmed from DNA tests. Other assumptions include that he was over 17 years old and stands between 5’3 and 5’8 inches tall.

A thorough investigation has been done and police have one piece of proof to hold on.

The blue and cream “Nemesis” Van Vision skate-shoe with a white sole and “V” on the side is uncommon and manufactured in the USA in 2006.

In 2013, the police appeal for details and information but didn’t get anything. The case stays with the Missing Persons Unit and hopefully, someday, it will be solved.

“We have always kept an open mind about how the foot got there. Officers carried out a thorough search of the area it was found in, and DNA tests confirmed that the foot belonged to a man but no other clues had been identified and sadly we still don’t know the person’s identity,” Detective Constable Penny Starkey stated on that 2013 appeal.


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