The body of a missing Gilgil woman was found Monday in Gitare Forest, a week after she went missing in unclear circumstances.

Gilgil OCPD Emmanuel Opuru confirmed the recovery of the body saying herders found Ann Nyambura’s mutilated body while grazing cattle.

The deceased’s right hand had been chopped off at the wrist and one side of her head crashed with a blunt object.

Witness Amos Wainaina said Nyambura was well known in the village and her disappearance had left residents in fear. He said her relatives and friends had searched in various hospitals and mortuaries before herders stumbled on her body.

“Whoever killed her tried to cover the body using bushes in the nearby thicket but this was exposed by grazing livestock,” he said.

Police have since launched a manhunt for the prime suspect, a man believed to have been her lover and who was last seen with Nyambura in a village located 20km from Gilgil town.

The OCPD said initial investigations pointed to murder adding that an inquest file had been opened.

“The woman was reported as missing on November 20,” he said.