Dunedin police are investigating "unusual" circumstances surrounding the death of a woman, believed to be Karitane 36-year-old Grace Gardner.

The body of a 36-year-old woman was found at a Karitane house about 6am today.

Police have yet to formally identify the body.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Ferguson said police were investigating the "unexplained" death on behalf of the coroner.


"The circumstances in which she was found were unusual," he said.

Police would not elaborate on how the woman may have died or how and where her body was found.

ESR and a pathologist were helping examine the scene, Mr Ferguson said.

A post-mortem examination would likely be completed tomorrow, he said.

Ms Gardner was was last seen on Sunday evening. Mr Ferguson said police were no longer looking for her.