Neighbours believe the remains found near Winchester, Ont., last week, now subject of a murder investigation, could be the body of a local man who disappeared in 2009.

Raymond Collison was last seen in 2009 outside the McCloskey Hotel in Chesterville when he was 58 years old. At the time, he was living in a trailer on a farm just one road over from where the badly decomposed human remain body were discovered.

Ivan Merkley used to own the hotel and knew Collison well.

"He just disappeared. Nobody seemed to know where he went. His relations didn't seem to know where he went. Nobody knew," he said.

Vern Williamson said Collison was a handy man who fixed up houses and hung out at the hotel.

Steen Road Creek Human Remains Homicide Winchester

Crime scene tape lies in a ditch off Steen Road, where human remains were found April 17, 2014. OPP say the case is now a homicide investigation. (Kristy Nease/CBC)

"He was a quiet fellow. He didn't bother anybody that I know of. But, like I say, he used to go over to Ivan's in the afternoon and have a couple of drinks," Williamson said.

Two people walking along Steen Road near Thompson Road called police the night of April 17 after finding the remains in a ditch.

The Ontario Provincial Police said an autopsy completed Wednesday revealed the remains belong to an adult male who died as a result of foul play, but more forensic testing needs to be done to determine his identity.

A police source told CBC News the remains have been there for several years and could be in connection to a missing person in the area. 

Anyone with information on this case can call OPP at 613-534-2223 or 1-855-835-5677.

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