Authorities say skeletal human remains have been found on the grounds of a bed and breakfast in downtown Snow Hill.

Police say the remains were found after several hours of searching as part of a larger investigation.

The remains are believed to be a woman's, and the person is being referred to as "Jane Doe." The remains were sent to the state Medical Examiner's office in Baltimore for identification.

Worcester County State's Attorney Joel Todd says it would be inappropriate to provide more details of the investigation at this stage.

Todd does say the discovery of the remains Friday came as a surprise to the owners of the bed and breakfast, who otherwise had nothing to do with the investigation.