POLICE believe they have discovered the identity of the woman found dead in one of the city’s parks.

She was found dead near the clocktower at Queen’s Park in West Drive, Brighton at around 10pm on Friday night.

Police have informed her next of kin and will be supporting them through the investigation.

It comes despite no formal identification taking place.

The Argus: Search teams in the parkSearch teams in the park

Her death is still be treated as unexplained.

Detective chief inspector Andy Wolstenhome said: “This has been a fast moving investigation involving colleagues from across the force while we worked to discover the circumstances around this sad death.

“Although a formal identification has not yet taken place, we believe that we have identified the woman and informed her next of kin, who we will continue to support through the investigation.

“We are keen to trace her last movements and would like to hear from anyone who may have been in Queens Park on Friday, June 17 and has any information about this incident. Please contact us.”

The Argus: Forensic teams at the clocktower. Picture by Dan MoonForensic teams at the clocktower. Picture by Dan Moon

Photos at the scene show scenes of crime officers (SOCO) investigating by the clock tower within the park.

Search teams also arrived yesterday to look around the park.

Nick Childs, Labour councillor for Queen’s Park said the death is a “tragedy” and he will be “working with authorities to seek further details and assurances”.

Tributes poured in on social media after the incident.

The Argus: Police were at the park all day on SaturdayPolice were at the park all day on Saturday

One woman said: “This is so awful. Poor woman and so awful for her family and friends. I live two minutes from the park and I’m shocked to hear this.

“This is horrendous it just goes to show you that it doesn’t matter what walk of life you come from or where you live that this happens right under your nose. Heart breaking.”

Emergency services were called at 9.49pm on Friday night to reports of a woman being unconscious at the park. She was pronounced dead upon ambulance crews’ arrival.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Ranworth.