A badly decomposed body was found on a beach in Cape Elizabeth Tuesday evening.

The Portland Press Herald reports that a person walking on Cliff House Beach came across an object that looked suspicious and called police just before 8:00. Investigators say the body is so badly decomposed that they can't tell yet whether it was a man or a woman.

There are no active missing persons cases in Cape Elizabeth or South Portland, but Portland does have a couple that remain unsolved. Police say, at this point, it's too early for much speculation about who it is or how they died. For now, the body will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's office in Augusta for an autopsy, which hopefully will provide some answers.

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