A 35 year old woman from Mnkhwani Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chief Ganya in Ntcheu was Thursday morning found dead in a garden near her home without private parts.
Confirming the incident, Ntcheu Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Hastings Chigalu said the deceased; Yokoleta Bauleni Wednesday left her home at around 6.00 pm but without informing her husband where she was heading to.
“However, the deceased’s husband concluded that Bauleni had gone out to borrow a mat which the deceased wanted to use to dry pounded maize in readiness for milling the following day,” said Chigalu.
He said the woman did not return home until 9.00 pm and that this forced the deceased’s husband to alert his neighbors of the situation.
“The community members then launched a man hunt in search for the woman but their efforts proved futile,” said Chigalu.
Chigalu said the community members continued searching for the woman in the morning hours of Thursday and found her dead in a garden just within a distance of 200 meters from her house.
He said the dead body was burnt from breasts below and police suspect that the assailant burnt the body to conceal the absence of the private parts.
“Murder cases are becoming rampant in Ntcheu and we are appealing to members of the public who can have some information that can lead to tracking of the assailants who have been terrorizing some parts of the district for some time now,” he added.