Top cop laments violence after woman found dead in Melbourne park



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One of Victoria's top cops has made an impassioned statement decrying violence against woman after another body was found in a Melbourne park.

As as-yet unidentified woman was found near tennis courts by a pair walking their dogs in Royal Park on Elliott Avenue in Parkville at 9.15am today.

The cause of the woman's death is yet to be determined and she has not been formally identified.

Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius lamented the violence being perpetrated by men against women.

The woman's body was found in Parkville this morning. (9News)
"This is about men's behaviour. This is not about women's behaviour," he told reporters.

"For me as a man, it gives me pause for reflection."

Police declined to say how old the victim was or how she died.

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Asst Comm Cornelius said locals could expect to see an increased police presence in the area as they hunt for a suspect.

"We are bringing as many resources as we can, so we can return this park to the community," he said.

Police have cordoned off a large area of Royal Park as they investigate. (AAP)
Homicide detectives are scouring the scene and are calling for the public to help.

"If it's the most miniscule piece of information, please contact Crime Stoppers," homicide detective Andrew Stamper said.

Police are preparing for a line-search, but a forecast of rain in Melbourne may complicate that process.

A forensic police officer examines a section of the park. (AAP)
A large area of the park has been cordoned off and uniformed police have been seen searching the area for evidence.

Media and the public have been asked to keep away from the crime scene as police investigate.

The woman was found in Royal Park. (9News)
The police helicopter has also been circling the park.

Anyone with information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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