A trapper's discovery of human remains has sparked a police investigation in central Labrador, the RCMP announced Wednesday. 

In a statement, RCMP said that a trapper living in the area found the remains on the banks of the Churchill River, west of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The remains were found about seven metres from the waterline at a site only accessible by boat. They were located about seven kilometres below Muskrat Falls on the south side of the river in a heavily wooded area.

Police described the remains as skeletal, and said nothing else was found nearby.

RCMP are not commenting on the remains, including the gender or possible age. 

"No further information will be released until the remains have been identified," a brief police statement said. 

There are currently three missing persons cases in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area.

RCMP Corp. Rick Mills said police are not ruling out the possibility that the remains are related to one of those cases.

"Any open investigations that we have with respect to missing persons, we're going to review them in detail, and we'll discuss that with the chief medical examiner," Mills said.

The remains have been sent to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner. 

There is no indication yet how long the remains have been at the location.