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Man arrested after woman’s dead body is found ‘upside down’ in a Melbourne housing commission block

Woman’s body is found ‘upside down’ in a housing block as traumatised neighbours describe the ‘horror scene’ and a barefoot man is arrested

  • Woman, 63, found dead in stairwell of South Yarra housing commission complex
  • Horrified neighbours came across the grim discovery on Saturday night
  • Investigators are at the scene interviewing neighbours  and collecting evidence
  • Man, 41, was taken away in handcuffs and is now assisting police with inquiries 

A man has been arrested after a woman’s body was found ‘upside down’ in the stairwell of Melbourne housing commission complex.

Police were called to the Surrey Road apartment complex in South Yarra shortly before 9pm on Saturday night after horrified neighbours reported the grim discovery.

The body of a 63-year-old woman was located in an open air stairwell and she was pronounced dead when police arrived.

Investigators remained at the scene on Sunday morning collecting evidence, which was taken away in brown paper bags.

Detectives were also at the building speaking to shocked neighbours and witnesses.

A barefoot man in handcuffs was filmed being escorted from the complex by two Homicide Squad detectives shortly after midday.

A South Yarra man was arrested after a woman’s body was found in a open air stairwell in Melburne housing commission complex on Saturday night

The South Yarra man, 41, is assisting with police inquiries.

No charges have yet been laid. 

Shocked neighbours described the grim discovery of the woman’s body as ‘a horror scene’.

‘Her head was on the ground. She was upside down,’ one neighbour told the Herald Sun.

‘It was awful. I couldn’t sleep last night. She died cold on a concrete floor.’

Another neighbour told the publication he constantly feared for his safety at the complex.

‘I may have known (the victim) by sight,’ he said.

The woman is yet to be formally identified.

The exact cause of the woman’s death is yet to be determined but is being treated as suspicious, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said. 

The South Yarra housing commission complex remained cordoned off by police on Sunday

The South Yarra housing commission complex remained cordoned off by police on Sunday

Homicide Squad detectives are also investigating following the unrelated discovery of another woman’s body in Chelsea in Melbourne’s southeast on Saturday.

The 78-year-old woman was located deceased inside her Drinan Road home after police conducted a welfare check about 10.30am.

The elderly woman’s death is also being treated as suspicious.

Shocked residents have described the area as ‘really quiet and pleasant… where nothing ever happens’.

Anyone with information about either incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Bags of evidence were taken away by forensic officers after a woman's body was found in the stairwell of a South Yarra complex

Bags of evidence were taken away by forensic officers after a woman’s body was found in the stairwell of a South Yarra complex

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