| 25.05,19. 02:37 PM |
Parkville park cordoned off after woman's body found near Melbourne tennis courts
Woman found dead in Melbourne park (ABC News)
Homicide detectives are investigating after a woman's body was found in Parkville in Melbourne's inner north this morning.
The woman, who is yet to be identified, was found by a passer-by near tennis courts near Elliott Avenue about 9:15am, police said in a statement.
The exact cause of the woman's death was yet to be determined, but was being treated as suspicious.
No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
Officers have used police tape to cordon off a large section of Royal Park near North Park Tennis Club and the Flemington Road Cricket Oval.
Uniformed and plain-clothed police are on the scene, as well as forensics officers and SES crews.
A police helicopter was flying above the parklands as officers on bicycles rode around the area speaking to passers-by.
Despite the large police presence, children are still playing their regular Saturday morning tennis at the nearby courts.
North Park Tennis Club head coach Gabriel Moise said it was "pretty scary" to learn of the discovery of the woman's body.
"It's very bad … it's pretty confronting," he said.
He said more lighting was needed in the area.
"It is fairly dark in the morning. When I open up here [at the tennis courts] it's pitch black," he said.
The parklands, near Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne University, are popular with joggers, dogs walkers and cyclists.
The area is bisected by Elliott Avenue, a busy road linking Melbourne's east and west.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.