Police in Ongata Rongai, Kajiado County have launched an investigation into the suspected murder of a woman after her body was found dumped in a thicket on Wednesday evening.

Joan Gloria Rumbale, 28, a casual labourer who worked under government's ‘Kazi Mtaani’ initiative in the area and had left her house for work on Thursday, March 11 morning and was never seen again.

Gloria’s sister reported her disappearance to police on Saturday and a search launched after she failed to communicate with her family and their search bore no fruit.

Hopes of finding her alive dimmed after a herder bumped into a lifeless body, covered in a heap of rocks in a bush along Kimani Road in Ongata Rongai town.

Police officers at the scene discovered her body had multiple injuries after her sister identified it and Crime Scene Investigation officers have already dusted the scene for clues.

Gloria was born at Shanderema village in Mumias East, Kakamega County and had joined her sister in Ongata Rongai where the two shared a neighborhood.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) are pursuing crucial leads into the murder as the body awaits an autopsy to establish the exact cause of her death.