08/30/2012 06:48 EDT | Updated 10/30/2012 05:12 EDT

Torso In Niagara River: Woman's Body Found Missing Head, Limbs; Police Confirm Homicide

Effluent from the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant is discharged into the Niagara River near the American Falls in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. At least one upstate New York city is considering taking Marcellus Shale wastewater at its treatment plant to raise revenue. Earl Wells, spokesman for the Niagara Falls Water Board, said the city's specialized plant was designed to handle chemical waste and has the capacity to take gas well wastewater. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

UPDATE: The woman whose torso was found in the Niagara River was estimated to have been between her mid-20s to early 40s, police told reporters Friday. The body part may have been in the water as long as four to ten days before being discovered.

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — 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 Guang Hua Liu.

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, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Niagara Regional Police.

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