The Nevada County Sheriff's Department is investigating the discovery of human remains in a trash bag outside a home in Nevada County.

According to a press release by the department, deputies were called to a home along the 17000 block of Virginia Way in Alta Sierra on Monday, April 3, after someone said they found what eventually was confirmed as human remains. Neighbors called the sheriff's department after, "smelling a foul odor outside of the residence."

An autopsy performed Thursday revealed the victim is a male in his late 50's or 60's. It has been determined that the victim died as a result of several gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Nevada County Sheriffs Department.

The investigation is ongoing.