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Torso Found at Niagara Falls Could Be Missing American

Canadian police classify case as a homicide
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2012 1:35 AM CDT
Updated Sep 5, 2012 1:58 AM CDT
Female Torso Found at Niagara Falls
Police are poring over missing person case files.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

(Newser) – Canadian authorities found a woman's torso floating at the bottom of Niagara Falls last Wednesday, and they suspect it may be a missing American, the AP reports. Police have classified the case as a homicide investigation, and “we are prepared to say that it was a dismemberment," says a Canadian police spokesman. Investigators have pored over 50 or so Canadian missing-person case files, but believe none "fits the parameters" of the discovered body, Niagara's regional police inspector tells the Niagara Falls Review.

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“We have met with our American policing partners who continue to review missing-persons reports in their jurisdiction," he says. State police have a begun a search through missing person records in New York, but may expand the investigation to other states. “There’s a good possibility this person entered the water from the US,” says a state police spokesman. The body, missing limbs and a head, is that of a middle-aged white female with a pierced navel. (Read more torso stories.)

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