The body of a teenage girl has been found in a Doncaster park in Melbourne’s east.
Police are investigating the alleged murder of the 17-year-old who suffered fatal stab wounds to her upper body last night.
A passing jogger reportedly discovered the woman’s body near a popular walking track in Koonung Creek Linear Reserve at around 7pm on Tuesday.
Nearby neighbours called police after hearing screams followed by a man fleeing the scene.
Local resident Bill Gourtzis said he takes regular walks along the Koonung Creek track and Doncaster is not usually a suspicious suburb.
“I can still hear the police helicopters over head surveying the area,” Mr Gourtzis told the Newsroom. “Everyone is in total shock this morning to hear of the news. There are a lot of seniors that make that same walk and who are concerned for their safety”.
“I’ve got a 15-year-old daughter myself and I wonder if I’ll be able to let her wander these parks anymore,” said Mr Gourtzis.
Inspector Michael Hughes said the reserve was close to the victim’s home and she was wearing headphones at the time of the attack.
“Here we have the death of a young woman going about her business… it’s terrible that a 17-year-old child can’t go walking in the park.”
Inspector Hughes said police are looking for a man in connection with the murder.
“We are certainly looking at a suspect who is a 20-year-old male, thin build, wearing dark clothing,” he said.
“We think dark jeans and a dark jacket and possibly blond hair – it’s an early description so I don’t want to confuse potential witnesses.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. – Jessica Ankomah
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