Badly Decomposed Body Washes Ashore on Grand Island

December 6, 2011 Updated Dec 6, 2011 at 3:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Badly Decomposed Body Washes Ashore on Grand Island

December 6, 2011 Updated Dec 6, 2011 at 3:03 PM EDT

(WKBW release) The Erie County Sheriff’s office announced Tuesday that a body of a badly decomposed female was pulled from the West River shoreline near Fix Road on Grand Island Sunday morning.

A  duck hunter from North Tonawanda spotted the corpse at around 6 a.m. and immediately called law enforcement who arrived at the scene and observed that the woman had washed ashore. She was wearing a wet suit. Inside the wet suit were what appeared to be identification papers and multiple plastic packages containing newspaper and letters that were duct taped and attached to the body. 

It is not known how long the woman was in the water but  preliminary reports indicate she had been reported missing from her native home, Montreal, Canada in 2006. Initial reports also reveal the woman may have attempted to swim from Canada into the United States to gain illegal entry into the country.  

The US Border Patrol is apprised of the situation and has been assisting in helping to confirm the victim’s identity and to notify the next of kin based on the evidence discovered on the body. 

The  Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of death as drowning. The investigation is ongoing.