The Greater Sudbury Police Service is in the process of conducting a search near the Hanmer area, following the discovery of human remains Saturday evening.
GSPS Staff Sgt. Daryl Adams said that around 6 p.m. on May 25, police received a call that two members of the public had discovered what appeared to be a human skull in the area of Nelson Lake Road, west of Demarais Road.
Adams said police responded to the scene almost immediately, securing the area until the GSPS coroner and forensic scientist Dr. Scott Fairgrieve could arrive the next day.
The two arrived around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning and confirmed that the remains were a human skull, launching a collaborative investigation between the coroner's office, Centre for Forensic Science, and the Criminal Investigation Unit.
At this point in time, there is no estimate as to the age, gender or identity of the individual, or a suspected cause of death.
A mobile command unit has been stationed at the scene, while the GSPS search manager conducts a thorough search of the area with the help of an OPP cadaver canine.
Adams said it is difficult to estimate how long it will take to process the area, as it will be a "very, very, very methodical search."
"We're talking shoulder-to-shoulder and in some areas on their hands and knees, turning over every leaf by hand," said Adams. "An area 20 meters by 20 meters (for example), might take them two hours."
Police ask the public to be respectful of search efforts and avoid the area if at all possible during the investigation.
"I know some people are curious," said Adams, "but the officers and teams that are working there, are working there diligently, in not the best conditions, and want to stay focused on what they're doing."
"Any distractions or public that want to come through the area would hamper their efforts."