Police in Nyando, Kisumu County, have launched a manhunt for a man accused of killing his neighbour and dumping his body in a pit latrine within his compound.

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According to relatives of Stephen Onyango, their kin went missing last week, and have been searching for him since, including reporting the disappearance at the Nyando Police Station.

They said they were passing by the suspect's compound when a foul smell attracted them, which saw them confront him if he knew the whereabouts of the deceased.

"We have been looking for him everywhere. We were passing this place when a bad smell raised our suspicion,” said Austin Omollo, a nephew to the deceased.

However, he said on Thursday, the suspect denied knowing about his whereabouts, claiming that he had not seen him for many days, before making his escape.

“He pretended to be going into his house to bring us seats, but we later realised he had escaped,” added Mr Omollo.

On tracing the smell to the latrine, they discovered the body of their kin alongside three decomposing carcasses of dogs.

The incident was confirmed by Nyando OCPD Leonard Matete.

Matete said the police discovered several shallow pits in the compound and are investigating if they could be holding bodies of two more missing villagers.

Angry villagers have since burnt down two houses said to belong to the suspect, who was only four months ago released from Kodiaga Prison in Kisumu.