Torso found near Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Niagara Regional Police say the torso of a woman pulled from the lower Niagara River on Wednesday was likely in the water for four days to two weeks.
It was pulled from the lower Niagara River near the Rainbow Bridge around 2 p.m. between the bridge and Maid of the Mist complex.
Niagara Regional Police said detectives have confirmed the female was murdered.
Citizens near the Maid of the Mist attraction spotted the torso, missing limbs and head, floating in the river and called police.
Niagara Police spokesman Derek Watson police won’t comment about how the limbs and head became detached from the body.
Niagara Parks Police recovered the body and detectives and forensic officers from the NRP are investigating.
The body was sent to the Hamilton General Hospital for an autopsy.
Police investigators and forensic experts have been able to positively confirm that this grim find is not related to the Peel Police investigation involving the murder of Guang Hua Liu, 41, of Toronto, whose body parts were found earlier this month in separate locations in a Mississauga, Ont., park and the northeast Toronto suburb of Scarborough. Some of Liu's remains are still unaccounted for.
Chun Qi Jiang, 40, is charged with second-degree murder in that case.
“We worked with the investigators there in Peel and have positively been able to confirm the torso we have found is not linked to the murder investigation there,” Watson said.
Preliminary post-mortem results indicate that the victim is a middle-aged Caucasian with a pierced navel. There is also evidence that she has had at least one caesarean section and a tubal ligation procedure.
Watson confirmed there are missing person cases in Niagara and investigators are “looking at the possibility there may be a link.
“At this point, no link has been made.”
Watson said the Niagara Regional Police is working with the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto, the forensic pathology unit at Hamilton General and the chief coroner's office.
"We're going to be reaching out to other police agencies throughout Ontario and New York, looking for assistance in trying to identify this body," he said.
Watson said a post-mortem is ongoing and more details regarding the description of the victim will be available Friday afternoon once the autopsy is completed.
Until that time, no further information is available from police.
"You can likely expect more information available (Friday)," Watson said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Niagara Regional Police Service’s Major Crime Unit at 905-688-4111, ext. 4200. Information can also be left on the Major Crime tip-line at extension 4468.