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BODY RECOVERED IN LAKE ONTARIO BELIEVED TO BE CANADIAN TEEN-AGER

A body recovered from Lake Ontario Sunday is "98 percent certain" to be that of a Brampton, Ont., teen-ager who fell into the lower Niagara River Thursday night, Niagara County Coroner Steven A. Gerhardt said.

Although no formal identification has been made, Gerhardt said the body matched the description given for the youth, whom Gerhardt said was Imran Ashraf, 17. An autopsy was scheduled for today in Erie County Medical Center.

The teen-ager slipped into the water while walking with his family. A search Thursday night and Friday morning turned up nothing.

Petty Officer Ben Bogacz of the U.S. Coast Guard station in Youngstown said his unit was alerted by two sailboaters who spotted the body about two miles north of Fort Niagara at 11:27 a.m. The Coast Guard responded along with Niagara County Sheriff's Department marine deputy David Gombert.

The Sheriff's Department issued a statement describing the body as that of "an unknown Middle Eastern male." Gerhardt said the victim was over six feet tall, weighed about 240 pounds, and was a tan-skinned man with short, dark hair and a goatee.

The body was clad in a T-shirt, jeans, and boots. The coroner said that matched the attire Ashraf was said to have been wearing.

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