Police forensic teams were scouring a patch of Leeds woodland yesterday after the remains of a human body were discovered.
It is understood a member of the public spotted the remains in woodland at the junction of Easterly Road and Wetherby Road, Seacroft.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Just before 2.30pm on Wednesday, police were called to reports of possible human remains in woods near the junction of Easterly Road and Wetherby Road.
“A scene has been established and inquiries are ongoing.
“Anyone who has witnessed any suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact police.”
It is not yet clear how long the remains have been in the woods but it is understood it will take police some time to formally identify them as they had been extensively burned at an unspecified time.
Yesterday at least four forensic officers in white suits could be seen working in the woods, while a number of uniformed officers guarded the scene.
A large police cordon had been put in place around the woods and an adjoining stone wall, with stretches of police tape preventing people from getting too close to the scene.
The small patch of woodland is adjacent to field and sits just off a busy main road.
Although there are no homes nearby, the woods are overlooked by a number of high rise tower blocks
A number of motorists and members of the public were stopped to ask police what was happening.
One, who did not wish to be named, said: “I just saw the cordon and I wondered what had happened. It’s terrible really.”
Any witnesses or anyone with any information should contact police on 101.