The body of a 12-year-old girl who went missing on Saturday evening was found dumped near a river in Getare, Kisii town.
The family of the orphaned girl, Cynthia Mayaka, had searched for the Standard Six girl for the better part of Saturday night only for them to find her body yesterday morning.
Residents suspected that the girl might have been defiled before being murdered. The body lay in a pool of blood.
The girl had been living with her grandmother following the death of her parents years ago. The grandmother had sent her to buy milk from a neighbour but she failed to return home.
The family said the victim left home around 4pm on Saturday with a two-litre can to buy milk but they grew worried when she failed to return by 7pm. The body was found by an elderly man cutting napier grass on his farm on Sunday morning.
Kisii nominated MCA and anti-gender-based violence activist Risper Kemunto said rape and other forms of gender-based violence were on the rise in the area.
"Opinion leaders and politicians are quiet when it comes to violence in the home," she said.
Kisii County Police Commander Agnes Mudamba said her officers had initiated investigations into the killing.
"Our officers will remain vigilant and ensure that everybody involved in the crime is apprehended," she said.
Sources who sought anonymity said the girl had told one of her aunts that two young men had been following her whenever she went to a nearby spring to fetch water.