In a suspected ritual murder case in Chipinge, the body of a toddler was found wrapped in bedsheets with missing body parts while other parts of the body were being eaten by dogs in Chinyamukwakwa village on Sunday.
The incident, which has sent shockwaves in the district where ritual murders have been rampant, was reported to the police who are appealing for information that may lead to the identification of the body.
Deputy Manicaland police spokesperson Sergeant Muzondiwa Clean said a villager in Chinyamukwakwa saw dogs pulling something wrapped in a cloth on her way to a borehole.
“The woman got closer to the scene and chased the dogs away. She was shocked to discover that there was a human body inside. She also discovered that the body had been retrieved from a shallow grave,” Clean said.
According to the police, the villager reported the matter to the village head and the matter was reported to the police.
The body was retrieved, but the lower part, including legs, had been eaten by dogs and the toddler’s sex could not be ascertained.
“Investigations are still underway and we are working round the clock to locate its parents. But we suspect that ritual murderers could be responsible for this. They could have taken the body parts they wanted and proceeded to bury the body in a shallow grave,” Clean said.
He said parents with missing children should visit the St Peter’s Hospital mortuary in Chipinge for identification.
He also advised parents to keep an eye on their children, saying ritual murderers were on the prowl.