Woman, 25, found dead in alley near Chatswood train station

Police are negotiating with a man after the body of a young woman was found in an alley outside an apartment building on Sydney’s north shore early on Monday.

A pedestrian made the shocking discovery near Chatswood train station about 6.30am.

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Police talk to man after body found in Chatswood

Police speak to a man on the 26th floor of a Chatswood apartment, after a young woman’s body was found in an alley outside.

It is understood the woman’s injuries were consistent with having fallen from a height.

The apartment building on Brown Street, Chatswood, borders an alley way where the body of the woman, believed to have been aged about 25, was found.

The man is kneeling on an awning above a balcony connected to the apartment complex gym, which is near the top of the high-rise complex.

Fairfax Media understands that a crime scene has been established inside the gym.

Police and a Korean translator are negotiating with the man, who has been on the awning for several hours.

Shortly after 11am, the man was still on the roof and appeared to be conversing with police negotiators, while smoking a cigarette.

Police have not confirmed a report that the dead woman was the partner of the man speaking to police on the roof.

A police spokeswoman could not confirm whether there was a link between the two.

She said the police operation involving the man on the roof was secondary to the discovery of the body.

The street, which runs between the Pacific Highway and Railway Street in the Chatswood business district, has been cordoned off.

The police operation was taking place in front of hundreds of office workers in Chatswood, including some in surrounding high-rise buildings overlooking the balcony roof.

One worker said the scene was heartbreaking to watch.

“It sort of makes you feel a little bit sick. It’s heartbreaking,” he said.