Woman found in Melbourne park identified

Police have identified a woman whose body was found in a north Melbourne park.
Police have identified a woman whose body was found in a north Melbourne park.

The woman who was found dead in a Melbourne park has been identified as 25-year-old Courtney Herron.

Victoria Police say Ms Herron, who had no fixed address, was killed in Royal Park on Friday night, before walkers found her body near a log on Saturday morning.

Her death has again raised anger in Melbourne, with police and the premier calling for men's attitudes to women to change.

"This is a terrible tragedy," Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Sunday.

The premier, who delivered Australia's first royal commission into family violence last term, said while the state had made significant progress on violence against women, there was more to be done.

"This is not about the way women behave, this is not about where women are at what hour," he said.

"This is most likely about the behaviour of men."

It's a sentiment echoed by Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius, who on Saturday told reporters Melbourne was a safe city but attitudes against women needed to change.

"What is it in our community that allows some men to think that it's still okay to attack women or take from women what they want?" he said.

"Violence against women is absolutely about men's behaviour."

Members of the public have started to lay floral tributes at the site where her body was found.

Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said on Saturday officers were trying to work out how she was killed.

The park is one of Melbourne's busiest by day and used by rough sleepers at nigh and police have appealed for anyone who saw anything on Friday night or the early hours of Saturday to come forward.

It is also a short distance from Princes Park, where aspiring comedian Eurydice Dixon's body was found on June 12 last year.

The death is the latest in a series of women killed and dumped on Melbourne's streets since Ms Dixon's rape and murder.

Aiia Maasarwe, 21, suffered a similar fate to Ms Dixon after being attacked on her walk home near La Trobe University on January 15.

Both women were attacked by men they did not know.

Jaymes Todd, 19, has pleaded guilty to the murder and rape of Ms Dixon and will return to court in August, while Codey Herrmann, 20, has been charged with attacking Ms Maasarwe.

And in April Natalina Angok's body was found dumped in Chinatown, allegedly killed by her one-time partner Christopher Allen who has been charged.

Australian Associated Press