Niagara Falls body identified as Japanese student
The body of a woman pulled from Niagara River on Thursday has been identified as Ayano Tokumasu, the Japanese student who fell into the water and was swept over Horseshoe Falls on Sunday evening.
Tokumasu, 20, was studying English at the Hansa Language Centre in Toronto.
On Sunday she and a friend were visiting the famous tourist attraction.
Niagara Falls police said surveillance footage from the visitors centre shows a young woman holding an umbrella, straddling a safety railing and looking at the falls.
But when she got up to climb back over the railing, she lost her balance and slipped into the rushing waters near the brink of Horseshoe Falls.
Local police and fire crews searched the water below the falls in the days after the accident, but failed to locate her.
Her body was recovered Thursday when an employee of Cave of the Winds, an attraction in Niagara Falls, N.Y., spotted a body in the water and notified authorities.
The state park police confirmed Friday that the body was Tokumasu's.
Her family in Japan has been notified of the accident.