Police are investigating whether foul play was involved after a woman visiting from South Korea was found dead in a serviced apartment in Wan Chai yesterday.
The body of the 33-year-old tourist was discovered by a cleaner in the bathroom of the 16th-floor flat in Century Court at the junction of Stewart Road and Jaffe Road shortly before 11am.
Police said there were no obvious clues to how she died and an autopsy would be carried out to establish the cause of death.
Forensic pathologists found livor mortis, which causes a purple discolouration, had already set in on the woman's body. It generally takes eight to 12 hours to appear.
"Livor mortis was found in the back and neck of the body," a police source said. "An initial examination showed she had been dead for hours."
The source said there were no signs of a break-in.
According to police, the woman, who arrived in the city a week ago, was last seen at about 10pm on Wednesday when she returned to the apartment, which had been rented by a friend.
Another source said the woman's leg had been injured but it was not the cause of death. "We have to wait for the results of the postmortem examination," the source added.
Detectives from the Wan Chai district crime squad are investigating and the case was last night classified simply as "dead body found".
Separately, an attempted murder case became a murder investigation following the death of a 67-year-old woman in Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung on Tuesday.
She had been found unconscious in an apartment in Mei Foo Sun Chuen, Lai Chi Kok, last week. Her 37-year-old son-in-law has been arrested.
Police figures show there were 62 cases of homicide in the city last year, including the 39 deaths in the 2012 Lamma ferry tragedy, which were ruled to be homicide last year.
There were 27 reports of homicide in 2012 and 17 in 2011.