Human remains found in Niagara Falls identified as N.Y. mother
A torso that was spotted by a tourist in the Niagara River on Aug. 29 has been identified as belonging to Loretta Gates, a 30-year-old Niagara Falls, N.Y. resident. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Published Sunday, September 9, 2012 10:13PM EDT
Niagara Falls Police are investigating after a bag of human remains that was found in a N.Y. park were identified as belonging to homicide victim Loretta Jo Gates.
Cpt. William Thompson of the Niagara Falls Police said the remains were discovered by a citizen in the lake at Hyde Park on Sunday morning.
The citizen pulled the bag to shore and contacted police. The remains were later identified as belonging to the 30-year-old Niagara Falls resident.
On Aug. 29, a human torso was discovered by a tourist in the Niagara River. It was later identified as belonging to Gates.
Gates, a mother of three, was last seen on the night of Aug. 25. Her family reported her missing on Sept. 4.
Gates’ death is considered a homicide and is being investigated by police in both New York State and Niagara Falls.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Niagara Falls police at 716 286 4553 or 716 286 4711.