Niagara Falls Tourist Death: Woman's Body Found, Unidentified

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First Posted: 08/18/11 11:35 PM ET Updated: 10/18/11 06:12 AM ET

New York State Parks Police say the body of a woman has been recovered from the Niagara River below Niagara Falls.

A statement says police were called after a Cave of the Winds employee spotted a body in the river near the attraction on Thursday morning.

A police spokeswoman says the body has been sent for autopsy and identification, but investigators don't yet know if it's that of a Japanese student who was swept over the waterfall.

The woman who went over the falls last Sunday after stepping over a guardrail has been identified by classmates at the Hansa Language Centre in Toronto as Ayano Tokumasu.

Earlier Thursday, authorities said they'd identified the body of a man found while they searched for the Japanese student.

Dental records revealed the body was that of a missing man from Hamilton and police say foul play is not suspected in his death.

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