/Man arrested after woman found dead in laneway in Melbournes Chinatown

Man arrested after woman found dead in laneway in Melbournes Chinatown

Updated

April 24, 2019 17:12:56

Police have arrested a man following the discovery of a woman’s body in a laneway in Melbourne’s CBD this morning.

Key points:

  • The woman’s body was found shortly after 6:30am in the Chinatown district
  • Police have said the body was found slumped against a wall
  • Little Bourke Street has been closed between Russell and Swanston streets

Police said the woman was believed to be about 33 years old, and her body was found by a passer-by at about 6:30am at the intersection of Little Bourke Street and Celestial Avenue.

The 32-year-old Melbourne man was arrested this afternoon.

Police said he was in custody and assisting homicide detectives with their inquiries.

A post mortem is being conducted this evening to determine the cause of the woman’s death, however detectives are treating it as suspicious.

The intersection of the streets sits within the city’s iconic Chinatown district, which is home to dozens of restaurants and shops.

Police said the body was found slumped against a wall and there were no obvious signs of injury.

Police are examining CCTV footage from local council and business cameras in an effort to piece together the woman’s final movements.

Homicide detectives and about half a dozen uniformed police officers are at the scene, which has been cordoned off.

Light rain was this morning falling at the scene and SES crews brought in a marquee to protect evidence from the weather.

Little Bourke Street was closed to pedestrians and traffic between the busy thoroughfares of Russell and Swanston streets, and business owners in Chinatown were turned away by police.

Acting Superintendent Craig Peel said a member of the public had called triple zero after finding the body, but declined to reveal many details.

“Suffice to say that the cause of the death at this point in time is unknown,” he said.

Topics:

law-crime-and-justice,

crime,

murder-and-manslaughter,

melbourne-3000,

vic

First posted

April 24, 2019 07:08:52