Police say a body recovered Thursday morning from the Niagara River is that of a Japanese student who fell over the railing on Sunday.

In a press release issued Friday from the Niagara Parks Police Service, police said New York State Parks Police confirm the identity of human remains "are those of the young woman who was reported falling into the water of the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side of the border."

Ayano Tokumasu, a 20-year-old Japanese student studying in Toronto, fell over the railing on Sunday, Aug. 14. She was trying to snap a photo at the time.

Niagara Parks Police said they have notified next-of-kin, but they will not be releasing the identity of the body.

New York State Park Police said a body was spotted at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday by an employee at Cave of the Winds, near the lower Niagara.

Park Police and firefighters recovered the body about 30 metres below the tourist attraction.

With files from The Associated Press