Like many tourists visiting Niagara Falls, Joanne Jones hopped on the Maid of the Mist to feel the awesome power of nature.
She instead glimpsed the dark side of human nature.
Jones, a detective from England, was on the boat Wednesday afternoon with two friends when they spotted a human torso floating in the churning waters of the lower Niagara River.
Niagara police have since revealed that the torso belongs to a middle-aged woman, who was murdered.
“We were turning around headed back to the dock, and as we were turning around, the three of us sort of looked in the water, and there’s a body. We all sort of looked at each other.”
They informed the boat’s captain, who summoned the police.
“I’m a detective over in England, but it was a shock obviously, and particularly for (my friends), who hadn’t seen those sort of things before.
“Not what you expect on a vacation.”
The torso has been sent to Hamilton General Hospital for an autopsy.
Police quickly ruled out any connection to the murder and dismemberment of Guang Hua Liu.
Earlier this month body parts belonging to Liu were found in Toronto and Mississauga. Some of her remains are still unaccounted for.
“Police investigators and forensic experts have been able to positively confirm that this incident is not related to the Peel Police investigation involving the murder of Guang Hua Liu of Scarborough,” Niagara police said in a release.
Police are expected to provide an update on the victim’s identity on Friday.