Residents of Kongoini village in Kiharu, Murang'a County woke up to a rude shock after they found a body of an unidentified middle-aged man dumped by the roadside.
The body was naked and there were pieces of nylon ropes believed to have been used in tying the victim's hands.
Simon Njoroge, one of the witnesses who was the first to see the body, said he was heading to Maragua where he works at around 6:00 am when he saw a man lying in a trench by the roadside.
Njoroge said, out of fear, he waited for another resident who was walking along the road and, together, they approached the body.
"He only had underwear and one shoe but we could not identify him," he said.
He said that was not the first time bodies were dumped in the area saying about two months ago, another body was found dumped on a railway track a few meters away.
"This is now becoming a concern to us and we are urging police officers to beef up security in this area," Njoroge said.
The man may have been killed elsewhere
Area Assistant Chief Adams Kariuki said he received a call from one of the residents informing him of a body that had been dumped by the roadside.
Kariuki called the police who also came to the scene to collect the body.
"The victim seems to have been killed elsewhere and the culprits dumped his body here because even the locals could not identify him.
"Some residents also said they heard the vehicle which is believed to have been used to drop the body at around 5:00 am," Kariuki said.
"Police have taken up the matter for investigations and we are hoping they will get us answers to the incident," he added.