Woman dead, body found after Fort Erie water rescue


FORT ERIE, CA (WIVB) —UPDATE: The 29-year-old woman who was rescued from the water in Fort Erie has died in the hospital. A body of the man police were searching for in connection to her death was also recovered by divers Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., police divers from the Niagara Regional Police Marine / Underwater Search and Recovery Unit located Fort Erie resident, 28 year-old Joshawa Brooks.

Brooks was considered missing and wanted for attempted murder.

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

A bystander was able to rescue a 29 -year- old woman from the water and a young child. The woman was transported from the scene in critical condition by Niagara Emergency Medical Services paramedics to an area hospital.

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

The NRPS Marine/Underwater Search and Recovery Unit were on scene conducting search operations. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office and US Coast Guard along with several other agencies are assisting in search efforts.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident are asked to call 905-688-4111. 

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