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A heavily damaged boat drifted into a dock on Lake Ontario just east of Olcott Harbor Wednesday night, and when deputies looked inside, they found a dead woman.

She was identified Thursday morning as Saundra Burns, 62, of the Town of Lockport.

A caller initially reported to the Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies about 7 p.m. that the boat had washed up at the dock and that the vessel appeared to have a tarp on it. Upon closer inspection, the caller said the boat might be occupied.

When deputies arrived, they discovered Burns’ body and heavy damage to the boat’s bow.

What the boat hit and the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death remained under investigation Thursday.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Olcott Fire Company and U.S. Coast Guard.

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