03/11/2012 01:57 EST | Updated 05/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Decomposed human remains found near Whistler

Police are struggling to identify decomposed human remains discovered near Whistler by two hikers on Saturday afternoon.

The young couple made the find in a wooded area east of Highway 99 while hiking in the Alpine Meadows area, approximately five kilometres north of Whistler.

Sgt. Steve LeClaire of the Whistler RCMP says there is nothing to indicate foul play but they were unable to make any identification due to the state of the remains and lack of light.

"We're not able to tell at this point what the gender or race of the person was. The remains are in a state that are hard to identify, there's been some decomposition and when we left there at approximately 20 minutes after seven it was complete darkness," he said.

The Sea to Sky General Investigation Section have carried out an initial assessment of the scene and forensic experts will continue investigating on Sunday.