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The Maid of the Mist and the American Falls at Niagara FallsJohn Holdstock

Police say a woman's torso has been recovered from the lower Niagara River in Niagara Falls, Ont., near the Rainbow Bridge.

Passersby spotted the body — without a head or limbs — floating in the river and alerted authorities on Wednesday.

The torso was as sent to Hamilton General Hospital for an autopsy and police say it has been confirmed that the woman was the victim of a homicide.

Investigators and forensic experts say the torso is not related to the Peel police investigation involving the slaying of Toronto woman Liu Guanghua.

Ms. Liu's body parts — but not her torso — were found earlier this month west of Toronto in Mississauga and near her home in east-end Toronto.

Police say the woman found in the river was white, middle-aged, with a pierced navel and at least one caesarean section scar.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Niagara Regional Police.

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