ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO. (KTVI) - Thursday morning around 11 o'clock two motorcycle riders stopped for a break from their ride to rest at the banks of the Mississippi; that is where they found the foot lying on the river's edge. The St. Charles Sheriff's Office was called to the Kar Mill Woods subdivision; were the condition of the foot leads police to believe that the victim is a drowning victim.
Neighbors had this reaction.
Yvonne Weber was just having a quiet Thursday morning in her small riverside neighborhood.
"It is a very quiet neighborhood. I've lived here all my life."
When two motorcycle riders called Yvonne over to where they were on the river's edge, Yvonne never expected to see what washed up on the banks.
"They said, 'We think there is a foot down here, a human foot inside this shoe down here."
Yvonne told her father, Charles, who took a closer look into the shoe to verify its contents.
"I got the shoe out of the water, and I rolled the sock down, and I see that a body part was in there at the ankle."
Charlie immediately called the St. Charles County Sheriff, who took the shoe away to run tests on in order to try and find the foot's origin.
The Kar Mill Woods neighborhood residents are hopeful those tests will find the person's identity.
"I still would like to know who it belonged to, or anything like that about the individual."
"The most important thing is for closure for a family member, you know, to know. Hopefully they can figure out and maybe find out if it's from a missing person."
This incident has taught residents of the Kar Mill Woods neighborhood to expect the unexpected, living so close to the river.
"You hear about people drowning in the Mississippi River, you know, and it just so happened that a body part just floated up."
And also, there is no such thing as a quiet morning in this neighborhood anymore.
"This normally is a nice quiet neighborhood, and normally nothing like this normally don't happen right there."
"Born and raised, grew up here, and swim in the river all the time, and yeah, first time I've ever seen anything like this."
All that the St. Charles County Sheriff could determine was that the foot belonged to a male, and was in a brown suede size 11 men’s dress shoe, and that the foot had been in the water a very long time.
The foot is currently in the St. Charles Medical Examiner's office. Police are conducting a further investigation.