A 32-year old woman has been founded beheaded in her lover's house in Kamuiru village of Kiharu Constituency in Murang'a County.
Judy Wanjiru Gacheru's lifeless body was Wednesday found on her boyfriend's bed, whom she was last seen with on Monday in a bar in Maragua town.
Murang'a East OCPD Janet Wasige told the Nation that police have launched a manhunt for the man who went missing after the incident.
She said police retrieved the panga which is suspected to have been used to kill Ms Wanjiru, a mother of two.
"The main suspect is a well-known man and we hope that we shall have no difficulties in tracing him. They were last seen together at Mid-Way Bar in Maragua town taking beer on Monday and she accompanied him to his home in Kamuiru village.
"We suspect that the deceased was killed the same night," the police boss said, adding that body had started decomposing when it was found.
The bad smell emanating from the house of the suspect made members of public to alert the chief who then called the police.
It is suspected that the killer had hit the woman with a hammer before slitting her throat using a panga.
Locals who spoke to the Nation said the two were lovers and would visit each other often.
They said the man operated a boda-boda at Mukuyu market while the woman was a barmaid in Maragua.
"We are saddened by the news. The woman was very jovial and would speak with us whenever she visited her boyfriend," a woman who did not wish to be identified told the Nation.