Police in Homa Bay are investigating the death of a 12-year-old girl whose body was found dumped in the bush in Ndhiwa Sub-County on Saturday.
The girl was allegedly defiled and murdered.
She was defiled before she was murdered in Lwanda B Village in East Kanyamwa Location.
Homa Bay County Police Commander Esther Seroney said a resident found the girl’s body lying in the bush and reported the matter to police.
A preliminary examination on the girl’s body at Ndhiwa Sub-County Hospital established that she had been defiled then murdered.
The pupil, who had been selected as a flower girl in a wedding ceremony in the area, was attacked as she returned home after rehearsals.
Ms Seroney said officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have taken over the matter.
“We appeal to locals to give police any information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect(s).
DCI detectives are doing all they can to ensure that the girl’s family gets justice,” she said.
The officer urged parents to closely monitor their children especially at this time when schools are closed.
“Parents should ensure their children get home before darkness falls,” Mr Seroney said.
Ndhiwa Sub-County is one of the leading regions in Homa Bay County in cases of defilement and teenage pregnancies.
Sub-County Police Commander Evance Ombui said at least 2,600 cases of teenage pregnancies were recorded at various health facilities in the area this year.