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Authorities are investigating the discovery of a human foot on Highway 210 in San Bernardino.

The appendix, which appeared to be a right foot, was discovered around 9:12 a.m. Monday by a California Department of Transportation employee in the middle center of the freeway near State Street, according to Sgt. B. Robinson of the California Highway Patrol.

He was naked, with no credentials, and appeared to be there for some time.

“It didn’t look like a new injury,” Robinson said. “It could have lasted several days or more. It was decaying.

The foot was turned over to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office, which said Tuesday identification was pending and could take some time.

No patients with a missing foot have been reported from nearby hospitals, Robinson said.

It was not the first time that a Caltrans employee made a horrific discovery in recent months. In November, a snowplow driver discovered the bodies of a man and woman while clearing an isolated stretch of highway near Yosemite.

A representative for Caltrans said on Tuesday the agency could not comment on the foot due to the ongoing investigation.

Officials are asking anyone with relevant information to contact California Highway Patrol at (909) 383-4247.

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