Police in Brandon, Man., say human remains found this week along the Assiniboine River are believed to be those of a middle-aged man.

An equipment operator found the remains while clearing trees on Tuesday evening in an area near 26th Street North near Queen Elizabeth Park.

The Brandon Police Service started investigating the discovery on Wednesday, with the help of members of Brandon University's anthropology department.

The police service announced on Thursday that the human remains are intact, frozen to the ground and covered in snow.

The gender of the remains has been determined to be male, but the age range is a preliminary finding at this time, according to police.

Investigators will try to remove the remains on Thursday, then send them to a medical facility for more tests.

The investigation hasn't been easy, given frigid temperatures and extreme wind chill values that made it feel like –25 C to –30 C outside on Wednesday.

The weather prompted the provincial fire commissioner's office to set up a shelter so officers could process the scene.