Manhunt launched as teacher’s decomposing body found next to crying baby

Residents at the scene where a primary school teacher was murdered at her house in Nyahera, Kisumu County on September 14 2019.

Police in Kisumu have launched a manhunt for a man suspected to have killed a teacher whose decomposing body was found inside her house yesterday.

The man is said to be from Mariakani or Mazeras in Coast and was the last person seen with the slain mother of one.

Kisumu County Commander Benson Maweu said they want the man to help police with investigations into the murder.

The Ulalo Primary School teacher is suspected to have been killed on Thursday night, in their rented house in Kapuonja, Kisumu West sub-county.

Yesterday, neighbours alarmed by a stench from the two-roomed house and the cry of a child, opened the door and stumbled on the body.

Covered in blood and weak after two days of hunger while sleeping on the cold floor, the baby reached for the neighbours.

“We gave her some milk which she took then fell asleep,” said Rose Akoth, one of the neighbours.

Gouged out

She said they found Achieng lying dead on the bed, her face swollen, one eye gouged out and her tongue sticking out. The body was covered with a piece of cloth on the chest.

Akoth said the couple appeared happy on Thursday evening. “We did not hear any screams and neither did we see the man leave,” she said.

Maweu said a post-mortem will be conducted as the investigators began tracking the teacher’s final moments amid search for the suspect.  The landlord, Francis Omollo, said the man once told him he was from Mariakani although he could not recall him saying his name.

In a visitor’s book the suspect signed at Ulalo Primary School on May 19, he gave his name as Abdi Rashid. A contact he gave was not going through yesterday.