Police in southeast Durham found what may be human remains in woods in the 900 block of Slater Road, near Interstate 40 on Wednesday night, they said.
Officials had been alerted by workers in the area, police spokesman Willie Glenn said.
Police disclosed no other information about the remains. Glenn would not say if they were found on the ground or in a container.
The 900 block of Slater Road is southeast of Emperor Boulevard and parallels I-40 a short ways northwest of N.C. 540.