Shock and grief have engulfed Kayu village in Kangema, Murang’a after a body of an eight-year-old girl was found badly mutilated and some body parts missing.
Locals say the minor, Hanna Wambui went missing on Monday evening at around 7:30 pm. At the time of her disappearance, the minor was reportedly at their shop located in their home compound.
A 34-year-old neighbor to the deceased has been arrested as the authorities try to establish if he was involved in the gruesome murder, Kangema Subcounty Police Commander John Ogolla said.
Gideon Gitahi, the local Nyumba Kumi Chairperson said residents initiated a door-to-door search for the minor after he received a phone call from the deceased father.
“Her mother had gone to look after a sick relative in Nairobi and so the deceased had been left under the care of her father. The girl went missing while the father was preparing supper in the main house,” Gitahi said as reported by The Standard.
Gitahi said after the search, villagers found one of the deceased’s socks at the main suspect’s bedside prompting them to call the police.
Even after the police arrested the suspect, locals continued with the search all night, according to reports.
The long search came to an end after one of the residents who was also searching for the girl stepped on a body that had been dumped at a tea plantation.
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According to reports the body of the deceased had its private parts removed and skinned from the chest to the stomach.
The area resident alluded that the girl had died of cult activity. They also suspected that she might have been defiled before being killed.
“Her clothes were found in Kianguku shopping center but her socks were found at the bed of the main suspect which leads us to conclude that he could have defiled the minor,” locals claimed.
Surprisingly the locals did not find a bloodstain at the scene nor anywhere in the village.
“Even if the girl was killed elsewhere and the body transferred to the scene, we could have seen bloodstains, and again the private parts were missing,” the Nyumba Kumi chair said.