Body identified in Fort Erie water rescue

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FORT ERIE, CA (WIVB)-UPDATE Niagara Regional Police say a body that was recovered Saturday afternoon from the Niagara River has been identified as Fort Erie resident 28-year-old Joshawa Brooks.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., police divers from the Niagara Regional Police Marine / Underwater Search and Recovery Unit located the body in the Niagara River. Police say Brooks was wanted for attempted murder.

“Well, as a result of the investigation and talking to witnesses and some the behavior that lead up to it that’s what lead us to believe it was a criminal offense that occurred,” said Phil Gavin, Niagara Regional Police Media Relations Officer.

The 29-year-old woman who was rescued from the Niagara River Friday, died in the hospital Saturday.

“This is a pretty profound incident here in a small community,” Gavin said. “When a mother passes away and it involves her small child, absolutely people want to know what happened.”

The child who was taken out of the water with the woman remains in the hospital at this time in stable condition.

Police responded to the Niagara River in the area of Jarvis Street and Niagara Boulevard in Fort Erie Friday night, for a report of three people in the water in distress.

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