At Rwerea Hills in Tigania Central, Meru County, an 18-year-old woman who had left her home on December 24, 2022 had been discovered dead with her head chopped off.
After finishing her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams, Beatrice Gatwiri, who was residing with her grandmother, is reported to have promptly left home to move in with her lover, Allan Kirimi.
However, according to a police report, she left her boyfriend’s house after a few days. On January 13, this year, her decapitated, half-naked body was found in the Rwerea hills, raising questions about what might have happened.
Tigania Central sub-county Police Commander Joel Chepkwony said they’re yet to recover the head, adding that they have since arrested the boyfriend and another man who saw the body in the forest.
The police boss stated that the two are presently in lawful custody and are helping in investigations.
The deceased’s grandmother, according to one of the family members, has refused to bury the body without the head saying the trauma might also lead her to an early grave.
The family said that, according to customs and traditions of the Ameru community, one cannot bury a body missing other parts especially the head since it might allegedly bring forth a curse.
The Police Commander stated that the biggest challenge they’re facing in their investigations is what he termed as the unwillingness of members of the public to give any information on the activities of the days leading to Gatwiri’s disappearance and subsequent killing.
He is now begging the community to help in searching for the head alongside the Administration Police and local Chiefs who have already mounted a search in the hills.