Human Foot Found At Wash. Construction Site

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. -- Workers in Washington found a severed human foot inside a hiking boot at a construction site over the weekend.
Crime scene investigators have begun sifting through yards of dirt at the Port Orchard-area construction site after a cadaver-sniffing dog picked up a scent Monday, KIRO-TV reported.
A dog trained to find the scent of a body scratched at one spot, indicating a find. Investigators then used a track hoe to pull up dirt.
"And some point in time, detectives stopped, and the proceedings came to a complete halt. They realized we are coming on something here that is in the soil. It's down there. We don't know what it is, but we think it might be related to what the dogs alerted on," said Deputy Scott Wilson of the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said the road was cut into the woods within the last few weeks. A body could be buried more than 10 feet under the surface, and dogs would still smell it, they said.
"I know when we do live stuff, you can put them (people) under a stump pile, 10 to 15 feet (down) and they can find people," said AJ Frank, a cadaver dog trainer.
The job of state crime lab technicians is slow and painstaking, said reporter Gary Horcher, as they gently dig and scrape one square inch at a time to unlock a mystery at the bottom of the hole.
"We only get one opportunity to do this right. If it is a human body, whether or not it's related to that shoe, we've definitely got a potential homicide situation here," Wilson said.
Volunteer scouts are expected to help in the search.
The severed foot will be sent to a bone expert at the King County Medical Examiner's Office.

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