The partially clothed body of a young woman was discovered yesterday in a South Arlington parking garage, according to Arlington police.

Police would not reveal her identity last night pending notification of her family. Her body, nude except for black underpants, was discovered at 9:30 a.m.

The body was found on the top deck of a four-story garage at 901 S. Highland St.

Police withheld details of the woman's death.

The open-decked garage serves Strayer College at 3045 Columbia Pike and an office building at 901 S. Highland St.

Lt. Kenneth Madden, of the Arlington police department's crimes division, described the woman as white, 20 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighing 120 to 130 pounds. She had pierced ears, three holes per lobe, but was wearing no earrings.

A nickel-sized heart-shaped tattoo was found on the outside of her left ankle, Madden said.

An autopsy will be performed Tuesday, Madden said.

Yesterday's discovery was the fifth time this year that the body of a young woman has been found in Northern Virginia. Falls Church police are still seeking the identity of a woman whose body was found in a quiet residential neighborhood May 9. She had been shot several times.

Two women identified as D.C. prostitutes were found slain in Fairfax County and Alexandria in February and March, respectively. Both women were killed by gunshots to the head, according to police reports earlier this year.

And Anne Borghesani, 23, a paralegal with a Washington law firm, was stabbed to death in a Rosslyn stairwell just off the Interstate 66 bike trail April 1. There have been no arrests in that case.

Madden said police "don't know enough" to speculate whether the death of the woman found yesterday is connected to any of the earlier incidents.

In Arlington there has been one homicide this year in addition to Borghesani's death. In March, two residents died in an apparent murder-suicide.