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September 4, 2012

Police seek to ID woman's torso found at Niagara Falls

— NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Authorities said Saturday they are trying to identify the woman whose torso was found floating near the base of Niagara Falls four days ago.

Police said she was a white woman belived to be between 25 and 45 years old.

Canadian Constable Derek Watson said the torso was spotted by a tourist around 2 p.m. Wednesday. It was missing its head and limbs.

The body was sent to Hamilton, Canada, General Hospital for an autopsy.

Police estimate the body was in the water from between four days and two weeks, but haven’t said where they think it originated. They said searching for additional body parts in the lower Niagara River is difficult because of the dangerous currents.

The Parks Police chief said finding body parts in that part of the Niagara River isn’t unusual, but said the circumstances this time are far different than other finds.

Parks police officers are regularly called to the river to recover the bodies of suicide victims, some of which have been in the water for lengthy periods of time.

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Details for this story were provided by the Niagara Falls, N.Y., Gazette.

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