A 15-year-old girl from Magunje, Mashonaland West Province, was recently found dead without her undergarments raising suspicion that she might have been raped and murdered.
The now deceased, who has now been identified as Tinevimbo Grace Mupinga, was sent on a shopping errand at Doro Business Centre but never returned home.
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She was supposed to be going to Form 4 this year at Nyamupfukudza High School, Magunje.
NewZimbabwe.com reported a source saying Tinevimbo’s body was found three days following her disappearance while at an advanced state of decomposition. Said the source:
She went missing on a Sunday after being sent with US$30 to buy groceries at Doro Business Centre and was never seen alive again.
Her body was discovered near a river at the school at around 12 pm three days later, but suspiciously with no pants to suggest her assailants could have raped her before stealing the money or groceries.
Mashonaland West police spokesperson, Inspector Margaret Chitove confirmed the teenager’s death, saying investigations into the incident are ongoing. She said:
Police are investigating a case of a 15-year-old girl who was found near a river a few metres from Doro Business Centre at Magunje.
The now-deceased Tinevimbo Grace Mupinga was reported missing on 7 February 2021 when she was sent by her parents to buy groceries at Doro Business Centre.
Her body was found by one villager near the river on 10 February in an advanced state of decomposition and a report was made at ZRP Magunje.