A woman, who works as a commercial sex worker at Line Moja estate in Kitale town, was on Sunday afternoon found dead inside Mama Mombasa Lodging facility that she had booked herself into with a client.

The deceased, identified as Mary Gesaracha, was found by a friend who had gone to her room at the lodging facility.

According to the friend who sought anonymity, the deceased did not respond to door knocks and phone calls to her line.

She then forced entry to the room where she stumbled on Gesaracha's naked body on the bed facing down with the legs tied with a piece of cloth.

She immediately raised the alarm before the police officers at Kitale station were alerted to the scene.

Trans Nzoia County Police Commander Mrs. Jecinta Wesonga confirmed the incident, saying Gesarach had booked a room at the facility on Friday.

According to the police commander a man suspected to have been in the company of the deceased escaped by jumping over the facility's perimeter wall.

“We are yet to arrest the man Mary spent Saturday night with. Nevertheless, we have launched a manhunt for him,” said Mrs Wesonga, adding the suspected murderer made away with a mobile phone belonging to the deceased.

The CPC told KNA, the deceased had been seen with her suspected killer on several occasions in different locations. “We are yet to establish the motive of the murder,” she added.

She, however, warned women, especially commercial sex workers, against allowing men to send them cash for booking guest rooms. “illmotived men use such tricks in order to avoid being easily traced,” observed Wesonga.

Used and unused condoms were found in the scene. The body was taken to Kitale County Referral Hospital mortuary.

Some residents told KNA, consumption of a lot of alcohol by commercial sex workers affects their ability to respond to danger from potential violent clients.

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