Shawnee police and the state medical examiner’s office are working to identify a body found Wednesday in Shawnee.

Shawnee police and the state medical examiner’s office are working to identify a body found Wednesday in Shawnee.

The body was discovered by people who were cutting wood in an area south of where South Union Street ends in Shawnee, which is near the North Canadian River.

Shawnee Police Detective Ethan Rieves said it’s unknown when the decedent, believed to be a male, died, but he said it appears the body had been in that location for some time.

And while there doesn’t appear to be any signs of trauma, it will be up to the state medical examiner to determine cause of death.

For now, police are working to make a positive identification so they can notify any relatives.

“We’re thinking it’s one of our homeless,” Rieves said.

Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said the male victim appears to be “small in stature,” so they are hoping to identify him with help from officials at the Salvation Army and Shawnee Rescue Mission.

“We don’t have any missing persons cases that match up with him,” Frantz said, adding that police don’t suspect foul play in the man’s death.

Shawnee firefighters responded to help police remove the body from the woods; a state medical examiner also responded to the scene.

If anyone has information about a possible identity of the victim, they are asked to contact Shawnee CrimeStoppers, 405-273-0989.

Watch for updates.