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A man has been charged for fatally stabbing Melbourne Teenager, Masa Vukotic.

UPDATE:

Melbourne man Sean Price has been charged with the murder of teenager, Masa Vukotic.

The 31-year-old from Albion faced an out-of-court hearing on Thursday night after surrendering himself to police at Sunshine police station, this afternoon.

Price was known to authorities, but he was not familiar with Ms Vukotic.

He has also been charged with an alleged violent crime spree in Sunshine this morning involving a rape, two assaults, a robbery and an attempted carjacking.

Earlier today, police released CCTV images of the man they suspected of participating in the crime.

Ms Vukotic, 17, who attended Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College was attacked while walking along a path at Koonung Creek at 6.50pm on Tuesday. Police have said she was doing her regular evening walk when she was randomly attacked and stabbed in the upper body.

The suspect was seen getting on a bus in Doncaster Road at about 7.09pm on Tuesday night. They have also seized a nearby resident’s outdoor tap — which police believe the man may have used to wash his bloodied hands.

Detective Inspector Mick Hughes said he was confident the man would be recognised by people who knew him. They believe the man got off the bus near the intersection of Hoddle Street and Johnston Street, Abbotsford.

Victim, 17-year-old Masa Vukotic

Inspector Hughes said that the teenager was wearing headphones at the time and may not have heard her attacker approaching.

“It’s terrible that a 17-year-old child can’t go walking in a park. I think as a community, as a parent, it really falls on all of us to make sure that our community’s safe,” Inspector Hughes said.

“I think it is an absolute tragedy that this young child’s life’s been be taken when she’s be doing something as innocent as walking through a park,” Inspector Hughes said.

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Mamamia previously reported…

By ABC.

A young woman believed to have been walking in her Doncaster neighbourhood in Melbourne’s east has been found stabbed to death in a park.

Police were called to a reserve in Stanton Street in Doncaster around 7:00pm on Tuesday, where the woman had been stabbed in the upper body.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Sheahan said the woman was believed to have been attacked while walking.

Police at Doncaster Park.

“Police have attended and they’ve located a young female with wounds to her upper body and unfortunately she’s deceased,” he said.

“Look it’s a very distressing scene to come to, especially such a young girl especially going about her business, as I understand she was walking.

“But what I do stress is that we’ve put a lot of resources into this particular investigation.”

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Police appealed to the public to help find her killer.

“We believe that the young girl was walking in her neighbourhood and our inquiries are far outreaching currently to find who’s responsible for this death,” Detective Sergeant Sheahan said.

“I would urge all those in the community that live in the vicinity of the area to contact Crime Stoppers if they’ve heard or seen anything.”

This article was originally published on the ABC and was republished here with full permission. 

To contact Crime Stoppers, call 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au.