Woman in race day dress found clinging to life, lying in drain under bridge

A WOMAN in high heels and dressed in a fancy race day outfit has been found clinging to life with critical injuries, lying in a drain at the bottom of a bridge in Cairns.

The woman was found with life-threatening injuries in a drain at the bottom of a pedestrian bridge over Clarkes Creek on the Bruce Highway at Earlville, in Cairns’ west, about 9.15pm on Saturday.

She was wearing a bright white, pink and purple floral dress complete with a large pink “racing style” hat and white high-heel shoes, leading police to believe she may have spent the day at the Cairns Cup racing carnival.


The woman was rushed to Cairns Hospital where she remains this afternoon in a critical condition.

How she sustained her injuries remains a mystery, as does her identity. She is described by police only as being Caucasian in appearance and aged in her mid-30s.

Whether the woman was assaulted or sustained her injuries in a fall is yet to be determined.

As a result, police have launched a full-scale investigation and have appealed for information from the public as they try and piece together her final movements.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone who may have seen the woman walking inbound on the Bruce Highway between the Cannon Park Race Course and the Caltex service station beside the Stockland Shopping Centre between 6pm and 9.15pm.

Investigators are also urging a man who approached officers at an RBT site on Mulgrave Road with information about the woman to contact them again.

Anyone with any information that could help police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.