CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Bones found inside a rubber hip boot that washed up on a Carlsbad beach this week are human, authorities confirmed Thursday.
A passer-by found the piece of heavy-duty footwear on the shoreline near the terminus of Oak Avenue about 3:30 a.m., Wednesday and notified the police upon seeing what was inside it, officials said.
Officers were sent to investigate. They searched the beach but were unable to find any other bones or related evidence. An Oceanside Harbor Patrol boat also searched the waters offshore but was unable to find anything.
A pathologist with the Medical Examiner's Office determined that the remains inside the boot were a partial left tibia and foot bones consistent with a those of a muscular, roughly 5-foot-9-inch man who likely died about a month ago.
The case is being investigated as a suspected drowning, the Medical Examiner's Office reported.