A Townsville woman who was stabbed in the neck with a hunting knife knew her killer, police believe.
Homicide detectives are searching for up to four people after the 29-year-old was found in a pool of blood outside a unit complex at Condon, just before 7.30pm on Friday.
Neighbours who heard a commotion peered out their window to see her lying on the ground. Paramedics fought to save her but she died in hospital sometime before 9pm.
The victim had lost so much blood before help arrived that she was unable to tell officers anything, Acting Detective Inspector Jason Shepherd said on Saturday.
"There is no evidence at this stage that it is domestic or family violence related. There's a number of people we're looking at ... (who) don't fit into that sort of description," he told reporters.
He said police were trying to locate three or four people, who "are all known to the victim in some way".
The woman suffered a single stab wound to her neck, with the hunting knife found near the unit block which is owned by Queensland's housing department.
"It is a larger-sized hunting knife, not a kitchen knife or a steak knife. It's a knife you would normally take camping or hunting," Det Insp Shepherd said.
Blood was found inside one of the units in the complex, indicating the victim was attacked inside before she fled into the street.
"I don't think the community should be concerned, its certainly not a random attack."
Australian Associated Press