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BY CORRESPONDENT,KISII,14TH APRIL 2018-Sombre mood engulfed the home of Pastor Esther Bochaberi Oyugi at Suneka in Bonchari, Kisii County with mourners overcome by grief after the body of the cleric who went missing close to a month ago was found .
A mutilated and decomposing body suspected to be that of the pastor.The body was found on Friday evening in a sugar plantation in Awendo, Migori County.
While the police did not immediately confirm it was her, friends and relatives said the clothes and a blanket found beside the body belonged to the missing pastor.
“We are convinced the body we saw is that of my sister,” said Ms Rose Kemunto, sister to the victim.
Police said that some of the suspects arrested in relation to the abduction led them to the scene where the body was found.
But the Kisii South police boss, David Mburukua, said they still need to conduct tests to confirm the identity of the mutilated body.
“It is not easy to identify the body as it is now. We will do a postmortem next week and if need be a DNA test,” he said.
Pastor Bochaberi was allegedly abducted from her home about a month ago and has been missing since then.
At her homestead on Saturday, emotions ran high with villagers wailing and cursing the perpetrators of the heinous murder.
They streamed in their numbers as word continued to spread about the fate of the woman who had for many years guided them spiritually.
Residents torched three houses three weeks ago belonging to her suspected kidnappers.
Bishop Robert Atandi and Pastor Lawrence Nyanuga Omambia said police must bring to justice the culprits responsible for the killing of their colleague.
Mr Joseph Oyugi, husband to the missing woman said they had searched for her in vain.
Mr Oyugi who lives with their six children in Nairobi said his 60-year-old wife is a victim of land cartels in Kisii.
Eight suspects, among them a chief who has since been arrested and charged at Kisii law courts in relation to the kidnapping.