Richmond police reported a walker found a severed human foot on a Richmond beach prompting numerous media reports and discussions.
According to the police report, "the citizen was walking along the beach when they found a shoe that contained human foot bones still inside of it," police said.
Officers confirmed the skeletal remains inside the shoe did appear to be human. The foot was collected and transported to the Contra Costa Coroner’s Office for further examination.
All indications point to the foot coming from outside of the city; there is nothing to tie the shoe to Richmond specifically.
Like many reports of happenings in Richmond, the foot story took on a life of its own, highlighting what is really mundane for a city with a waterfront where currents deposit various items regularly.
The Richmond Standard reported investigators suspect the foot that was may have belonged to someone who jumped from either the Golden Gate Bridge or Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
RPD spokesman Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy told the Richmond Standard it is not uncommon for human body parts to wash up on the shoreline due to the direction of the tide from either the Golden Gate or Richmond-San Rafael bridges.
So despite being somewhat common, most bay area media outlets expressed a lot of interest in the Richmond foot.
The SFgate's Amy Graff said, "Bay Area police are asking anyone with information about a human foot found inside a Saucony running shoe at a beach in Richmond to get in touch."
A Richmond beach-goer made a gruesome discovery after spotting a shoe that washed up from the bay over the weekend, according to KRON.
The East Bay Time's Harry Harris said police trying to determine if the person the appendage belongs to died by suicide or some other way