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Police in Canada identify Niagara Falls human torso

TORONTO -- The human torso found at the foot of the Niagara Falls last month belonged to an American woman who lived near the Rainbow Bridge linking the United States and Canada, police said Friday.

The headless torso was found on Aug. 29. Passersby had spotted the torso floating on the lower Niagara River, near the Rainbow Bridge. The limbs and head had been severed.

DNA tests helped police identify the victim as Loretta Jo Gates, 30. Police said they were investigating the crime as a homicide.

She had disappeared on August 25 from the U.S. city of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Regional Police Service said. U.S. and Canadian police are investigating the crime jointly.

The victim was named just a day after police identified another torso found in a suitcase in Lake Ontario, saying it belonged to 41-year-old Liu Guanghua, a Chinese Canadian woman.

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