Items found near woman's body at soccer pitch may help investigation

A woman has been found dead in a popular park in Melbourne, with forensic police now analysing a pair of shoes found near her body.

The woman aged in her 30s, whom police are yet to identify, was found in the middle of a soccer pitch in Carlton North about 2.40am on Wednesday morning.

Homicide detectives arrived soon afterwards due to the severity of the woman’s injuries.

Shoes found in a park in Carlton North might hold the key to a police investigation into the death of a woman. Source: 7 News

A coroner will determine how she was murdered and whether she was also sexually assaulted.

Forensics are looking at a black pair of lace-up shoes found a metre from the woman’s body along with a bicycle with a bag on the back of it.

The area in Carlton North is a popular park and running track.

Police are also investigating a bike. Source: 7 News

Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton said the department will increase its resourcing in the area “to provide that safety and security and reassurance to the members of the community”.

“So, there will be a highly-visible police presence at all times of the day and night,” he said.

“They’ll be on foot, they’ll be on bicycles and they’ll be in cars.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report via the online reporting page.