Family Waiting on Results of DNA Test from Torso Found in Niagara River

September 7, 2012 Updated Sep 7, 2012 at 7:39 AM EDT

By WKBW News

...
September 7, 2012 Updated Sep 7, 2012 at 7:39 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - She has not been seen for 12 days.
Her family is hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.

The family of 30-year-old Loretta Gates submitted DNA to be tested and the results of those tests could possibly come back as soon as today.

They've have been searching for the 30-year-old mother of three since August 25th, and have a terrible feeling she's the woman whose torso was found in the Niagara River, near the Rainbow Bridge last week.

Since the gruesome discovery on August 29th, police have been trying to identify that torso found and investigators say the victim was murdered and dismembered.

Gates went missing the night of August 25th, after she told her mother she was going to the grocery store. Even though the Gates family says her description matches the body part found almost two weeks ago, they are still holding out hope.

Ever since her disappearance, Loretta's family has been hanging up posters, hoping someone has information. Loretta's sister suspects foul play, saying Loretta wouldn't have taken off and abandoned her children.

The results of the tests could possibly come back as soon as today, we will continues to follow this story throughout the day.

Stay with Eyewitness News and wkbw.com for the latest updates on this case.