An autopsy was scheduled to take place this morning in Halifax on human remains found Thursday in a wooded area in Stratford, P.E.I.

The body was discovered Thursday afternoon off the Keppoch Road by two men who were getting a private golf course ready for the season. RCMP said it appears the body had been there for some time.

Stratford body site

RCMP are examining the site where the body was found trying to determine what happened. (CBC)

The coroner's office, the RCMP forensic identification unit, RCMP major crime unit, and the police dog service were called to the scene. The remains were removed Thursday evening and transported to Halifax.

"The autopsy will be completed in Halifax, and until that time the RCMP will be securing the area where the body was found in case it's needed for further investigation," said Butler.

RCMP still do not know if they are dealing with a crime scene, and were not even able to determine if the body found was that of a man or woman. Police are not able to connect the body with any missing persons at this time.

Butler said she does not know if the autopsy results will be released Friday. Police hope the results will help determine whether they are dealing with a criminal investigation.