SEATTLE — Seattle police were searching for clues after several bags of human remains were found Friday afternoon in West Seattle.

The remains were found near the water in the 1100 block of Alki Avenue S.W. Friday afternoon after police were notified about a suspicious bag with a foul odor coming from it on the beach.

“It's kind of shocking really to have something like this in the neighborhood," said Steve Szekely, who lives just down the street from where the discovery was made.

Police found an initial bag on the beach and noticed another in the water so they widened their search.

“There was a police boat and an inflatable boat and they had a hook and they took black plastic bags out,” said Steven Buty, another neighbor. “I saw them take two bags.”

It’s unclear if the bags were dumped on the beach and the tide took some of them out.. or if they were initially in the water and then began to wash up, according to one of the investigators at the scene.

Detectives were called to the scene after on-scene investigators concluded that the contents were human remains.

Police said Harbor Patrol is assisting in the probe.

Investigators have not said publicly how long the bags may have been in the area.

This article was originally published by KOMO News here.