A Pakistani security guard sits on a chair amid the wreckage of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad on Sept. 22, 2008, two days after a suicide bombing at the hotel.
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Michael Sullivan covered South and Southeast Asia for NPR for nearly 20 years.
Michael Sullivan has covered foreign affairs for NPR, including earthquakes in India, Pakistan and Japan, volcanoes in Indonesia, and has been kidnapped by Somalis, Afghans, Haitians and the Tajik KGB.
On Sept. 11, I was in Islamabad. At the Marriott. Eating dinner in my hotel room while watching the news on CNN.
One of the creepier stories in recent weeks has been about feet found along the shores of Washington state and British Columbia. There have been 11 or so discovered since 2007 — usually in athletic shoes.
Jake Ellison at NPR member station KPLU set out to see if he could figure out what's going on, and starts his report with this attention-getting line:
"There are likely hundreds of dead human bodies in the waters of the Northwest at any given time."