Woman's body found on Mel­bourne foot­ball field in Carl­ton North

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Po­lice in Mel­bourne are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the body of a woman found on a foot­ball field on Wed­nes­day morn­ing is con­nected to a sex­ual as­sault at the same lo­ca­tion sev­eral months ear­lier.

A passerby made the grim dis­cov­ery at a pitch be­tween Royal Pa­rade and Princes Park Drive in Carl­ton North shortly be­fore 3am on Wed­nes­day, po­lice said.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called and paramedics worked on the woman, who is yet to be for­mally iden­ti­fied, but she was not able to be re­vived.

Sign up to re­ceive the top sto­ries from Guardian Australia ev­ery morn­ing Po­lice set up a tent in the mid­dle of the field on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and could be seen scour­ing the area. The park is pop­u­lar with cy­clists and con­tains a run­ning track used at all hours of the day. The Carl­ton foot­ball club is also based in the park.

A homi­cide squad act­ing in­spec­tor, An­drew Stam­per, told re­porters in­ves­ti­ga­tors were ex­am­in­ing whether the death was linked to a sex­ual as­sault in the same area in March.

A woman at­tacked about 2.35am in the morn­ing by a man who grabbed her from be­hind and sex­u­ally as­saulted her. She man­aged to break free and run to a nearby prop­erty where po­lice were called.

“We’re aware of that mat­ter and we have been li­ais­ing with our col­leagues at the sex­ual crimes squad,” Stam­per said. “At this stage we have an open mind but ob­vi­ously we will be con­sid­er­ing that mat­ter in re­la­tion to this mat­ter. We don’t know if they’re linked at this stage.”

Stam­per said the woman’s death was be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

A pair of black shoes were seen near a po­lice tent that was erected on the field, which has been cor­doned off by po­lice tape. Po­lice would not com­ment on the shoes or whether the woman had phys­i­cal in­juries or had been sex­u­ally as­saulted.

Pho­to­graph: James Ross/AAP

Po­lice at the foot­ball field scene where a woman’s body was found in Carl­ton North, Mel­bourne.

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