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Foot Found on Pacifica Beach is That of Missing San Bruno Man

Coroner confirms that a foot and part of a leg that washed up near Rockaway Beach last March is that of former Marine Joseph McHenry who went missing on a camping trip.

DNA testing has confirmed that a foot and part of a leg that washed up on a Pacifica beach in March is that of a San Bruno man who went missing around that time, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said today.

Joseph McHenry, 27, a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps, was last seen on March 2 when he told relatives he was going rock climbing and camping overnight at a secluded beach near Pacifica, Foucrault said.

He never returned, and his car was found parked in a residential area near Sharp Park Golf Course, according to San Bruno police.

A backpack belonging to McHenry was located a few days later on the beach near Mori Point, and on March 25, a human foot connected to a portion of a leg was found near the shoreline at Rockaway Beach.

The coroner's office collected the evidence, and DNA obtained from McHenry's mother has since confirmed that the body parts were McHenry's, Foucrault said.

No other evidence of the missing man has been found.

Police do not suspect foul play, San Bruno police Lt. Geoff Caldwell said.

Without more evidence, McHenry cannot be officially pronounced dead, Foucrault said.

The family is in the process of obtaining a court order that would officially close the case, he said.

Jamie White October 04, 2012 at 09:02 PM
How sad : ( Thoughts and prayers go out to Joseph's family
Suess October 05, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Sad.
Cid October 07, 2012 at 03:50 PM
How did the foot get detached? Maybe he fell in the Ocean and got attacked by a Great White.

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