Tourists on the Maid of the Mist boat ride below the Niagara Falls, were shocked to see a human torso floating in the river. Police say the body is of a middle-aged woman who was obviously murdered.
680 News reports a group of tourists from England spotted the torso in the turbulent water of the Niagara River. Joanne Jones, a detective in England says, "We were turning around headed back to the dock, and as we were turning around, the three of us sort of looked in the water, and there's a body. We all sort of looked at each other."
They told the boat captain, who then called police.
Jones adds, "I'm a detective over in England, but it was a shock obviously, and particularly for (my friends), who hadn't seen those sort of things before.""Not what you expect on a vacation."
The Toronto Star reports Niagara Regional Police Const. Derek Watson says,“We have determined it is a homicide.” He says police believe the woman died between four days and two weeks ago, and are now going over missing person reports and have also contacted other police in Ontario and New York State. Autopsy results are expected later today.
Watson couldn't say if a search for more body parts would continue because of the rough conditions on the Niagara River. “A crime scene is virtually impossible to keep intact. Divers can’t even go into the water. In the past, when we’ve tried to locate bodies, we’ve used underwater cameras.”
Police have ruled out any connection to the recent murder and dismemberment of Guang Hua Liu, whose body parts, including an arm, two calves and a thigh were found along a creek in a Mississauga park two weeks ago. Liu's ex-boyfriend has been charged with second-degree murder in that case.
The BBC says this is the third case of dismembered human body parts found in Canada this year.