A group of canoeists paddling on the North Saskatchewan River near Maidstone came across human remains Thursday. RCMP say they hope an autopsy will allow them to positively identify the body.

Mounties from the Maidstone detachment of the RCMP were dispatched at 2:10 p.m. CST after getting a call about a body on the riverbank.

The human remains were found about 10 kilometres north of the Paynton Ferry crossing.

RCMP said their investigation will include members from the major crimes section as well as the provincial coroner's office.

They noted that while an autopsy may help them identify the body, they may need to do some follow up work to be absolutely certain.

There was no immediate word from RCMP about the gender or possible age of person.