Investigators say a matching shoe has been found
Meghan McRoberts reports
Discovered at Peck Lake Beach near the north end of Jupiter Island
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A human foot was found Jan. 1, 2014 by a person walking along Peck Lake Beach on Jupiter Island.
A shoe containing a human foot was discovered Wednesday afternoon on a Martin County beach.
JUPITER ISLAND, Fla. - A shoe containing a human foot was discovered Wednesday afternoon on a Martin County beach, according to the sheriff's office.
Detectives said they received a call at 12:08 p.m. from a visitor at Peck Lake Beach near the north end of Jupiter Island.
The caller said she found the foot under some sea grass as she was walking along the beach.
Martin County sheriff's patrol units, K-9 and air units scoured the shoreline but did not locate any other human remains.
However, they revealed Thursday that they did find a matching shoe.
"We don't know a lot right now on how long it has been in the water but our investigators do not believe it was for an extended period of time," Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said.
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The foot was taken to a crime lab as detectives work to identify the remains.
Investigators said the foot did not appear to be severed by blunt force, but could have detached from a body as a result of decomposition in the water.
The sheriff's office says there are no missing person cases in the county. They are reaching out to other local agencies to determine who may be unaccounted for.
At this point, the sheriff's office does not believe the foot belongs to a migrant.
The sheriff's office has been in contact with Sebastian Police, who say it is unlikely that the foot belongs to a missing woman in their jurisdiction.
Sheriff William Snyder expects to have a DNA match sometime Thursday.
NewsChannel 5's Meghan McRoberts contributed to this report.