THE family of missing Melbourne mother Elisa Curry face an anxious wait as police work on identifying a body found near Anglesea.
A woman walking her dog found the body between Point Roadknight and Urquharts Bluff, near Anglesea, shortly before midday yesterday.
It comes 11 days after Ms Curry disappeared from nearby Aireys Inlet.
Victoria Police could not comment on whether the remains found belong to the 43-year-old.
"Police are currently responding to reports of suspected human remains located on the coast near Anglesea," a police spokesman said.
"The remains will need to be examined by a pathologist to establish the identity of the person and cause of death."
Local residents have reportedly told media the body is that of a woman.
By 2.15pm yesterday the remains were bagged and removed from the quiet stretch of beach as water police on jetskis and the force's air wing joined the recovery search.
Drift wood used to hold police tape in place on the stretch of secluded sand southwest of O'Donohue Rd.
Surf Coast locals and tourists alike said they feared the worst for Ms Curry as police search and recovery officers scoured the region late into the afternoon.
Longtime friends Clare from Collingwood and Renee from Tasmania had been staying near the Curry holiday home and said the story had captivated everyone.
"It's been such a big topic here, it's shaken the small town," Clare said.
"Everyone walking around the town has been fearing the worst.
"It's such a beautiful part of the world here; I just hope there can be some closure that comes for the poor family."
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.