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Crime Scene Set Up After Woman Dies In South Townsville

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UPDATE | Police have provided an update on the discovery of a seriously injured woman at a boarding house in South Townsville on Thursday.

The woman lost her fight for life after being located inside a room of the accommodation premises on Mcilwraith Street at 4:15AM.  

Acting Detective Inspector Phil Watts wouldn't go into detail regarding exactly what kind of injuries the woman was suffering from before she died.

In terms of just when the woman suffered the injuries, he would only say that will form part of their investigation.

The alarm was raised on Thursday morning, and Acting Detective Inspector Watts said, "A partner or an associate of the female person, who raised the alarm with a member of the public".

Next of kin of the 36-year-old victim have not been notified of her death at this stage, but Acting Detective Inspector Watts said he was limited as to what he could say about her family.

He also admitted that the woman stayed at that location on a 'part-time basis'.

Acting Detective Inspector Watts confirmed that a number of assaults had been reported in the area and "That's why we're following up".

But when asked just how many women had been assaulted in the area overnight he said he was unable to provide that information. He did however say any other assaults in the area will be investigated for potential links.

While he confirmed it was likely that Police had been called to this address previously, the nature of any such calls remained a mystery.

He stressed that they were in the very early stages of their investigation, but Investigators are canvassing the area and searching for CCTV footage.

Acting Detective Inspector Watts wouldn't say whether or not any items had been removed from the property and also wouldn't be drawn on whether or not any suspicious items had been located.

Because the location where she was found is a boarding house, he said it was hard to estimate how many people had been staying there at the time.

The cause of the woman's death is not known and will be considered 'suspicious' until proven otherwise he said.

EARLIER | A crime scene has been set up in South Townsville, after a woman was found with serious injuries on Thursday morning.  

The 36-year-old woman was located inside one of the rooms of an accommodation residence on McIlwraith Street around 4.15AM. 

The Cosgrove woman, who sometimes stayed at this residence, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives from Townsville Criminal Investigation Branch are investigating, and a crime scene has been declared with specialised police including Scenes of Crime and Scientific officers at the residence.

A post mortem will be conducted to help determine the cause of death.

It is unknown at this time if the death is suspicious with police appealing for anyone with information which could assist with the investigation to contact them.

There is no further information available at this time.