Cops start search after woman found dead in Melbourne

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The homicide squad is yet to identify the body of a woman found wrapped in a blanket in Melbourne, but police believe her injuries were the result of a prolonged and targeted attack. A jogger found the body of the woman at the Dallas tennis club’s car park on Hepburn Street.

But two weeks later, her name remains a mystery despite police previously releasing an image of the woman in the hope someone would know her.

They have now set up an information caravan in the area and appealed once again for the public’s help.

“If we are unable to identify her it’s hard to progress the investigation,” Detective Inspector Michael Hughes from the homicide squad said.

“She has been placed in an open area and hasn’t been concealed.”

Police said she suffered significant injuries consistent with a prolonged attack.

“This is not accidental. We believe this is a targeted attack,” Detective Inspector Hughes said.

“We think there will be a direct link to the family.”

Woman likely killed somewhere else, dumped in carpark

Police believed someone must have helped dispose of the body and said the woman was not killed at the car park where she was found.

The woman is thought to be in her 40s and of Middle Eastern appearance, and police have now reached out to multicultural media to spread the word.

The public was asked to check in with friends, family and neighbours who they think are somewhere else.

The first image of the woman’s face showed her with short cropped hair. A beaded brown scarf was also found with her body.

In a new police image the woman wearing the scarf as a hijab.

She has been described as about 158 centimetres tall with a slim to medium build.

Police said she was wearing grey tracksuit pants and a grey hooded jumper.

Anyone with information can also contact Crime Stoppers.

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