Japanese woman’s body found in Niagara River

08/20/2011
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NEW YORK (majirox news) — The body of a Japanese teenager who was swept over Niagara Falls on Aug. 14 has been found, police said Aug. 19 and reported by AFP.

Ayano Tokumasu is presumed to have drowned in the fall over the popular tourist attraction, and her death is not being regarded as suspicious, police said.

Searchers looking for the 19-year-old student’s body in the wake of her fall discovered another body belonging to a man.

Police said the Japanese woman’s body was spotted Thursday (local time) on the U.S. side of the Niagara River and the find reported to authorities.

“The body of a woman recovered Thursday morning from lower Niagara River has been identified by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s office,” a police spokeswoman told AFP. “It is confirmed that the woman is the one and the same with respect to an incident where a woman was reported falling into the waters of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the border on Aug. 14.”

Tokumasu climbed onto a rail near the Niagara River’s edge on Sunday night and was washed over the Horseshoe Falls.

“The subject female was observed climbing over the railing and straddling it while looking out at the falls,” Inspector Paul Forcier of the Niagara Parks Police Service said on Monday. “She was holding an umbrella at the time.”

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