An extensive search is underway in Greater Moncton after human remains were found.

Police investigators, a search-and-rescue team and a sniffer dog unit spent all day combing a wooded area off Gunningsville Boulevard in Riverview, N.B.

Hikers tipped police off to human remains yesterday afternoon.

“It’s a little disturbing,” says one resident. “A little too close for my liking.”

Codiac RCMP say most of the details are still a mystery.

“So far the investigation has not yet established the identity, nor the gender of the person that is there,” explains Codiac RCMP Const. Damien Theriault.

However, police do know the remains belong to one person.

They have been scattered due to decomposition and wildlife, but police won’t say how long the remains have been there.  

Some families in the area are hopeful the remains may help answer questions about their missing loved one.

“I’m waiting to find out whether or not it’s him,” says resident Julia Meunier.

Romeo Cloutier is the father of Meunier’s three children. He went missing on September 13th and the family has heard virtually nothing that has furthered the case.

“I want Romeo to come home,” says Meunier. “Dead, alive, however, whichever, I just want him home.”

Cassandra Pyne’s cousin, Cheryl Anne Pyne, disappeared 10 years ago.

“I’m kind of hoping that maybe it’s her,” says Pyne.

The man who confessed to killing Pyne’s cousin was convicted and sentenced for her death, but Cheryl Anne’s body was never found.

“There are days when I cry,” explains Pyne. “I think, where are you? When I am having a bad day, I wish I had you here to talk to.”

“So far it does not appear to match any of the recent missing person cases in the Greater Moncton area,” says Const.Theriault.

With files from CTV Atlantic's David Bell