Police say the Asian woman in her 30s was found in medical distress by a caretaker near the Brockton Oval around 6 a.m. PT.
"Despite efforts to save the woman, she was pronounced dead at the scene," said a statement issued by police.
Police say the woman was not a jogger, and have not ruled out that her body may have been dumped there after she was attacked.
A large area around Brockton Oval and Stanley Park Drive was closed on Thursday morning while police investigated the scene.
The death is Vancouver's fifth homicide of the year.
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