Niagara Region police say the discovery of human remains in West Lincoln is now being treated as a homicide.

The body of 45 year old Johnathan Bailey of Hamilton was found Wednesday morning just outside the small community of Caistorville, about 20 kilometres southeast of Hamilton.

Police have not revealed how or when he died, saying a post mortem is scheduled for Thursday at Hamilton General Hospital.

Police also say they are searching for a 2005 Black Ford Escape that may be linked to the homicide. Police say the vehicle has aluminum rims, a roof rack and a stick family decal on the back bumper near what is believed to be an Ontario license plate, but could also be from Quebec.

Anyone who spots the vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately.

Police were called to the area of North Chippawa Road and South Chippawa Road at approximately 9:30am on Wednesday over the reports of found human remains in the area.