11/02/2012 05:31 EDT | Updated 11/02/2012 05:40 EDT

Cochrane Human Remains Belonged To Caucasian Man, Cause Of Death Unknown, RCMP Say


The RCMP confirm that the human remains found in Cochrane belong to a Caucasian male between the ages of 18 and 30 years.

The cause of death is unknown and RCMP believe that the remains were there less than a year.

"The medical examiner has reported that the deceased had sustained an old injury, a broken nose that had healed,"a release said.

Children playing outside their home near Highway 22 south of Cochrane, a rural area northwest of Calgary, made the grisly discovery in October this year.

Police say the remains were in an advanced state of decomposition.

Investigators closed down a road in the area as they searched for other evidence.

The investigation is being treated as suspicious until proven otherwise.

The RCMP have set up a tip line in Calgary for anyone with information. The public is asked to call 403-699-2709 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip at

With files from CP