Police are working with the office of the chief medical examiner to identify a body found off the Trans-Canada Highway in St. John's Friday morning.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said officers were called to a gravel pit near an Irving gas station on the boundary between the city and Conception Bay South.
The body was discovered at 8 a.m. by a man who was doing work in the area, police said.
The Major Crimes Unit and patrol units are investigating.
A spokesman with the RNC said more information will be released once it is available, but it could be Monday before next of kin are notified and a public statement is made.
Media were asked to leave the scene of the investigation for safety reasons.