The body of Police Constable Hesbon Okemwa Anunda, who went missing on Wednesday, October 2, was dumped in a forest on Saturday, October 5.
Anunda, who was attached to the Tchundwa Police Post in Lamu East, was carrying a G3 rifle loaded with 60 rounds of ammunition on his way from Kizingitini Police Station at the time of his disappearance.
On Friday, October 4, the security department in Lamu gave a 12-hour ultimatum for locals to produce the officer whether alive or dead or face consequences.
Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia said the body of the officer was found about three kilometres from Kizingitini and about 400 metres deep in the forest.
Macharia stated that the body had panga cuts and that they suspect the officer was murdered elsewhere before his body was dumped at the scene where it was discovered on Saturday evening.
The county commissioner also revealed that the G3 rifle which was loaded with 60 rounds of ammunition at the time of his disappearance had not been recovered.
Macharia explained that members of the public are the ones who gave the police a tip-off that led to the recovery of the body.
The police revealed they were tracing phone logs so as to establish who talked to the officer in his last moments.
Confirming the incident, Lamu County Police Commander Muchangi Kioi condemned the incident and asked members of the public to continue volunteering information to the police so that those involved in the killing are brought to book.
Kioi added, “this is unacceptable and evil at the same time. How can an officer in charge of protecting mwananchi be killed just like that?”