A woman believed to be in her early 20s was raped and murdered before her body was dumped in a maize field in Ascot high density suburb in Gweru on Saturday.
The woman's body was discovered in the wee hours of yesterday by a local resident.
It is understood that the woman who could not be identified was first raped and stabbed several times all over the body before her body was dumped in the maize field near Ascot High School.
The Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene at around 9AM and found police conducting investigations while scores of residents were gathered around trying to catch a glimpse of the body.
A police source said the woman's undergarments had semen, an indication that she might have been raped before she was murdered.
"This woman had semen on her underwear. This shows that she must have been raped before she was stabbed. It also looks like she was using a pathway between Ascot and Mutasa high density suburb when the suspect pounced on her. We suspect that she was raped first and was later stabbed to death before her body was dragged into the maize field by the assailant.
"The suspect is still at large and we are still carrying out investigations," said the police source.
Gweru Ward 8 Councillor Willard Ndaguta said the woman's body was discovered yesterday morning without undergarments.
He said a plastic bag which had a loaf of bread, a bottle of juice and a picture of an unknown man was near the body.
"The woman must be 22 years or below because she looks young. Her body was discovered in the morning by a resident who was going about her morning chores. She then informed her neighbours who then called the police.
"We could not identify her which shows that she is not an Ascot resident. Her body had deep lacerations indicating that she was stabbed several times. We hope the culprit will be arrested because we are now living in fear," he said.
Acting Midlands Police Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende could not be reached for comment.
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