Human bones found in a tent in the woods near Penniac Bridge last weekend have been identified as those of a Saint John woman.

Susan Lynn Burnside, 56, had lost touch with her family and was never reported missing to police, say RCMP.

She was considered to be a transient with no fixed address, Cpl. Chantal Farrah stated in a release.

The cause of her death is not yet known. "Forensic pathologists are trying to determine that. They determined that there was no obvious signs of foul play," said Farrah.

It's also unclear how long the remains were in the tent. The investigation is continuing and police are hoping the public can help.

"If you have information of the last time you saw her or maybe the last time you spoke with her, that maybe could assist us in determining when she died," Farrah said.

Hikers discovered the remains and some personal items in a tent on Saturday at about 5 p.m.

Police said at the time it appeared the remains may have been there for some time.

Burnside's identity was confirmed using dental and medical records, said Farrah.

Penniac is a small rural community located about 10 kilometres northeast of Fredericton.