It could be some time before the cause of death and identity of the human remains found in Stratford, P.E.I. last week are made clear, according to the coroner on the case.

Dr. Desmond Colohan says the remains are still in Halifax under the care of the forensic service.

He says it could be some time before he is able to issue a death certificate.

“It's a process that does take time. The testing involved takes time. Some identifications are more difficult than others and the forensic service isn't going to be prepared to give a positive identification until they are very sure of the information that they have,” he said.       

Police said the human remains are that of an adult male.

They were found May 15 in a wooded area off the Keppoch Road.

RCMP said they do not suspect foul play.