POLICE in Lusaka are investigating a case of suspected murder after a woman was found dead in her boyfriend’s house in Chainda compound.

According to a statement from police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo, Monday, it is suspected Margaret Mudenda was poisoned and then locked in the said house.

Katongo stated that the neighbours discovered Mudenda lying dead on the bed after forcing the door open when her father inquired about her whereabouts.

“Police in Lusaka recieved a report of suspected murder which occurred between 30th January, 2021 at 17:30 hours and 31st January, 2021 at 16:30 hours at an unmarked residence in Chainda Compound where female adult Margaret Mudenda whose age is not known was discovered dead in her boyfriend’s house. The body was discovered by the landlady and neighbours after the father of the victim aged 67 begun inquiring on the whereabouts of his daughter on 31st January, 2021. According to some neighbours, Margaret Mudenda was last seen on 30th January, 2021 at about 16:30 hours. The landlady of Margaret’s boyfriend and neighbours decided to force open the door to the house as it was found locked,” stated Katongo.

“The deceased was discovered lying dead on the bed and the matter was reported to the police and the scene was visited and processed. It is suspected that the victim was locked inside the house as the key to the door was not found. However, there was a stench of suspected poison detected in the room where the body was found and also on the body. No physical injuries on the body were observed. The body has been taken to UTH mortuary awaiting postmortem so as to ascertain the cause of death. Investigations have been instituted in the matter.”