Human remains found in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and Tsawwassen were recovered by police and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) over the weekend.
According to the Outer Gulf Island RCMP, which is based on Pender Island, the CCG called police for assistance on Saturday morning after a civilian vessel spotted the body.
The vessel was travelling west out of Vancouver around 9 a.m. when people onboard spotted what appeared to be human remains in the water about 11 kilometres west of the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.
A CCG crew went to the location alongside the Outer Gulf Island RCMP and located the body around 10 a.m.
Police then recovered the body and transported it to Sidney onboard the RCMP West Coast Marine vessel Lindsay.
After arriving in Sidney, the body was transferred to Victoria General Hospital for identification and autopsy.
The BC Coroners Service is in charge of the investigation, including attempts to try to determine the cause of death, according to the RCMP.
Mounties add that they will be working closely with coroners, particularly its RCMP missing persons unidentified human remains unit.