A couple of fishermen along the waterfront in Saint John, N.B. made a grim discovery Saturday around noon.

Sgt. Chuck Elgee, who is overseeing the initial stages of the investigation, said the fishermen found a body floating in the water not far from Long Wharf in uptown Saint John.  

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Police have not released many details about the body found near Long Wharf. (Matt McCann/CBC)

The body was retrieved by the fire department, and the area around that section of the Harbour Passage trail was blocked with caution tape for a few hours.

"We received a call from our communications centre that a body was found floating in the harbour near the Long Wharf area, so police and the fire department are down here now at the scene," said Elgee.  

"We've extracted the body from the water and right at this time we don't know the gender or how long the person was in the water... it's probably been there for, I don't know, could be weeks."

Elgee said it is too early to say how the body ended up in the water.  

He said an autopsy could be performed as early as Sunday.