Decomposed human remains have been found in bushland at Mount Macedon, north-west of Melbourne.
The discovery was made near Loch and Salisbury roads at the edge of Macedon Regional Park about 12:30pm.
The homicide squad is investigating.
Police said they did not have any information about the identity of the body.
“The remains will be taken for forensic testing to determine the identity of the deceased and the cause of death,” a police statement said.
The remains were found several hundred metres from houses.
Locals are known to walk in the area, but one couple told the ABC it was not a busy walking track.
No further details have been released.
The scene is close to an area police searched in December as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Avondale Heights woman Karen Ristevski.
Ms Ristevski, 47, was last seen at her home on Oakley Drive on June 29 and has not used her mobile phone or bank accounts, or made contact with friends or family since that time.
But police are not expected to reveal any details until forensic testing has been done.
Mount Macedon is a national park area popular with hikers for its bushland walking trails.