The Erie County Central Police Services Forensic Laboratory this afternoon announced that DNA testing has confirmed that the female torso that was recovered in the Niagara River on Aug. 25 has been identified as Loretta Jo Gates.
The 30-year-old Niagara Falls, resident had been last seen that day in the area of Main Street and Niagara Avenue in the Falls.
She was reported missing by her family to the Niagara Falls Police on Tuesday.
The investigation into her death, which has been classified as a homicide, is being jointly investigated by Niagara Falls Police and State Police. The Niagara Regional Police and Niagara County District Attorney's Office are also assisting in this investigation.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Niagara Falls Police Detective Bureau at 286-4553.