Homicide detectives attached to the Karasani Sub County Police command are investigating the gruesome murder of an unidentified woman, whose dismembered body was discovered at an Airbnb apartment today morning in Roysambu, Nairobi county.
The woman is said to have checked into the Airbnb with a man, who police are now treating as the main suspect in the killing.
According to detectives, the woman was stabbed and chopped to death in an apartment along TRM Drive, Thika Road.
Police said they are yet to know the motive of the incident.
Police officers from Kasarani arrived at the scene and picked up the body to the mortuary for autopsy.
The shocking sequence of events began when a male guest, in charge of booking the room, returned the key early on Sunday morning before abruptly disappearing.
The manager of the Airbnb property, Risper Muthoni, revealed that the unknown suspect had secured the room on Saturday, January 13 at 3 p.m.
The shocking discovery was made by the caretaker who reported finding suspicious polythene bags and a blood-soaked bed sheet on the staircase.
After multiple futile attempts to receive a response, Muthoni and her team entered the unlocked room where everything appeared normal, save for blood stains at the door.
They then made a report at Kasarani police station.
According to Muthoni, the police were given the suspect’s identity as well as relevant CCTV footage from a nearby location where the he picked the premises’s keys.
Law enforcement officers were seen handling polythene bags and a blood-soaked bedsheet, which was thought to contain the remains of the deceased woman on Sunday.
Jimmy Kimari, the head of Kasarani Divisional Criminal Investigations, who was present at the scene, issued a stern warning of impending crackdowns on Airbnb operators who did not have security cameras installed and urged them to keep detailed guest records.
The incident comes weeks after the body of socialite Starlet Wahu Mwangi was found in an apartment in South B, Nairobi.
A suspect John Matara Ongoa is in custody over the murder as police continue with the investigation.