05/13/2013 04:30 EDT | Updated 07/13/2013 05:12 EDT

Fraser River Body Snagged In Fishing Net Near Chilliwack

CHILLIWACK, B.C. - A man fishing on B.C.'s Fraser River snagged a body in his net over the weekend, but before the net could be hauled in, the body slipped away.

The RCMP say a First Nation fisherman had placed his net in the river near Chilliwack Friday and when he checked it Saturday morning he saw a partially submerged body before the remains broke free of the netting in the fast-flowing river.

The body was described as having a small build, wearing a black jacket with a zipper up the wrist area.

The gender and age are not know.

The RCMP say a search along the river and from the air by a police helicopter failed to find the body and investigators are now checking missing person reports and appealing for help from the public.