German police searching for a missing Chinese student say they have found the body of a woman with severe head injuries.

The body was discovered Friday in the eastern town of Dessau-Rosslau, where the woman from China had been studying. Friends reported the unnamed 25-year-old missing Thursday, a day after she had last been seen going out for a jog.

Chief Prosecutor Folker Bittmann said a homicide investigation has been launched, but that the victim's identity hadn't been established yet because of the severity of her injuries.

German news agency DPA quoted local police saying they are working on the assumption that the body is that of the missing student.

Daily Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reported that the body was discovered less than 100 meters (109 yards) from the Chinese woman's home.