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Body found in river near Hinchinbrooke identified as Lasalle mother

WATCH ABOVE: Raw footage after a body is found in a river near Hinchinbrooke, Que.

HINCHINBROOKE, QUE – The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) has confirmed that the body found in Hinchinbrooke, Quebec is that of 22-year-old Lasalle mother Samantha Higgins.

Higgins was reported missing July 7; she had left a friend’s house around midnight and never made it home.

“We don’t have many details yet as investigators are still working on the case,” said Mélanie Dumaresq with the SQ.

The SQ are investigating after a woman's body was found in a river in Hinchinbrooke, Quebec Thursday, July 10, 2015.
The SQ are investigating after a woman’s body was found in a river in Hinchinbrooke, Quebec Thursday, July 10, 2015. Francois Fournier

Residents of the small town of Hinchinbrooke made the grisly discovery Thursday evening.

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A group of four people heading home from work around 7:30 p.m. when they discovered a dismembered torso in a bag floating in the river.

“One of my colleagues was heading home and he usually looks over the edge of the bridge and he found the body,” said Brodie Ovans.

“It’s not everyday you hear of something in the river. So, we thought maybe he was pulling our leg but he seemed pretty serious.”

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The river where 22-year-old Samantha Higgins’ body was found on Thursday, July 9, 2015.
The river where 22-year-old Samantha Higgins’ body was found on Thursday, July 9, 2015. Sebastien Gagnon-Dorval/Global News

Hinchinbrooke is a rural community of about 2,200 people in the Châteauguay Valley near Huntingdon.

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