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Mystery over foot found near Tewkesbury leads to fresh police appeal

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

The shoe which was found in Tewkesbury in 2009

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DETECTIVES have issued a fresh appeal for information about foot found near Tewkesbury nearly four years ago.

Gloucestershire police admit they have drawn a blank over whose foot it was and how it came to be separated from its owner.

The decomposed body part was found by a couple walking alongside the River Severn in Deerhurst on Saturday, March 21, 2009.

Since the discovery, officers have been trying to identify the person the foot came from and how it came to be on the riverbank near Odda's Chapel.

Detective Constable Penny Starkey said: "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."

The search of the area in 2009, which included dredging the river, involved specialist search officers, the Severn Area Rescue Association and the police helicopter.

Following the discovery, Gloucestershire police carried out extensive inquiries into missing people across the whole country and officers still liaise with the UK Missing Person Bureau and other police forces.

In June 2012, additional forensic tests were carried out on the foot but none of the results were able to give definitive details about the man.

They did, though, reveal that he was likely to have been white, older than 17 and between 164 and 178cm tall.

The foot was found in a size nine and a half Vision-brand trainer and a dark grey sock. The trainer was grey and blue with a white rubber sole and a blue V logo on the side.

"It has been several years since the discovery and despite an extensive investigation this mystery is still yet to be solved," added DC Starkey. "With all other lines of inquiry 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 about who the foot could belong to is asked to contact Gloucestershire police on 101.

In 2009, walker John Sparrey said that after finding what he described as "this horrible thing", he and his wife realised what they had seen was something sinister. He said he feared it belonged to someone whose body might have been in the river for some time.

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  • RonnieTewkes  |  January 31 2013, 11:11AM

    It was on the news on TV last night, and I think they said it had been there for 4 or 5 months before it was found.

  • QwertyOS  |  January 31 2013, 8:19AM

    There was a rumour that the writer of the song ``The Hokey Cokey`` was involved. Apparently, he put his left foot in......

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  • cheltdav1  |  January 30 2013, 8:33PM

    I was wondering where I had left it!!!

  • uselesswonder  |  January 30 2013, 5:39PM

    just wish someone would hop to it and come forward.....

  • TIMONLINE2010  |  January 30 2013, 5:07PM

    It wasn't in the water.

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  • luke10812  |  January 30 2013, 4:39PM

    What would be really helpful is if they told us how long the "foot" had been in the water. Surely, this could be found out from the decomposition.

  • Hackingtackle  |  January 30 2013, 3:30PM

    Localboy51 - You are funny! :)

  • localboy51  |  January 30 2013, 3:15PM

    Separated from its owner? Tactless comment in my view. Dreadful choice of words however that is what we have come to expect from TiG these days so i guess i shouldnt be surprised!!!!

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  • lordigaga  |  January 30 2013, 11:47AM

    this inquiry want to kick off again