Human foot found on banks of Mississippi River in Bee Tree Count -

Human foot found on banks of Mississippi River in Bee Tree County Park

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY ( – The St. Louis County Police Department is investigating after a foot was found on the western banks of the Mississippi River on September 4.

Around 7:35 p.m., officers from the South County Precinct were notified by hikers that they found a shoe near the water’s banks within Bee Tree County Park off of Telegraph Rd. in Oakville. When officers arrived, they realized the large-sized men’s shoe contained a human foot. Police say the shoe is red and was somewhere between the sizes of 11-14.

After the foot was found, K9 searches, cadaver dog searches, water searches and helicopter searches were conducted but nothing else was found. Sgt. Shawn McGuire said the searches included, "helicopter searches, dog searches, any way we can find any more evidence at that scene and there's nothing right now, and that's what took forever on notifying any body because we don't want to make anybody nervous," said McGuire.

It's sounds hard to believe in a beautiful park something so eerie was found. "I walk here every time I get a chance," said Kirk McLeod, who frequents the park often and lives nearby. Bee Tree Park is usually pretty busy with runners, bikers and walkers, including Matthew Madura, who spent the day biking in the area and thought the news of human remains found in the was, "pretty strange."

McLeod spent a solitary day in the park, but is usually there with his two kids. He says they love to take the trails all the way down to the edge of the river. "It's a grim reality for such a beautiful place," said McLeod, "To find a human body part....I guess I'm just glad my 9 year old and 14 year old didn't find it."

County police say it's likely a missing persons case. Since the remains were found near the Mississippi River, which is cross-continental, the body part could have come from anywhere. Any time they find human remains, police say it's a disturbing investigation for them. "It's always sad, it's always a tragedy because someone did lose their life at some point," said Sgt. McGuire. 

Despite this disturbing discovery, it's not stopping people who love this park from coming back. "I've never found a foot before, so I'll be back for sure," said Madura. 

County police say the time spent in the water speeds up the decaying process, so when they found the remains in the shoe, it was just bones left behind, which makes tracing back the DNA more difficult. ?The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office and the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crime Against Persons are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-847.

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