The body of Nation Media Group switchboard operator Mildred Odira, who had been missing for a week, has two wounds on her face. The lower body is also smashed.
Her trouser was torn at the top and her inner wear partly lowered.
A family member said they want police to probe if she was murdered last Tuesday even they await for post-mortem results.
Records at the City Mortuary, where her family traced her body on Monday morning, show that it was brought in last Tuesday at 6.31 am and booked as an unknown person. The body was taken to the mortuary by Kasarani traffic police.
Administrators at the City Mortuary say the police alluded to collecting the body in Mwiki.
Ms Odira was last seen on Tuesday at 4am by security guards in Kariobangi South where she lives.
The guards had hailed a taxi for her in the wee hours of the morning to rush her to the hospital.
She had recently been diagnosed with diabetes, hypertension and ulcers.
Police had on Saturday arrested the taxi driver in connection with the disappearance.
On Friday, when the taxi operator was questioned, he told the family that he drove and left Mildred at the Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital.
Her friends have been posting their messages of condolences as they reminisce the good times they had with her.
Colleagues who worked with her at Nation Media Group remembered her as a jovial person who was ready to assist a friend when necessary.
Former Daily Nation reporter Eunice Kilonzo said; “Mildred was the quiet lady at the corner of the office and was quick to help you make a call when you were following up on a story. The switchboard desk was close to ‘Migingo’ —a sitting island where newer journalist sat— and she was such a pleasant soul who always reminded us to go grab tea and shared njugu with us. The times we were on night duty together, she would follow the late night news keenly with us and even offer insights on what other angles to consider. During these shifts, she’d be the one to alert us when time was ready for us to leave. So sad to hear about your death. I pray for strength for your family during this tough time.”
Former Daily Nation correspondent Lilian Mutavi wrote; “Friday in the newsroom is normally a slow day and Nation center was no different. I sat near the nation center switchboard christened Migingo and Mildred was my neighbor. After filing stories and had nothing to do I and my friend Teressia Ngugi also a staff at Nation Media Group would turn switch board to a photo studio. “I have a better camera leave alone those Chinese phones you own,” Mildred would tell us as we took photos. Since I did not have her phone number I had to wait until Monday before she could share them on what’s app. Then our friendship grew the three of us would use their flask to get extra tea. I would be late for the morning meetings but Mildred and Terresia would save me breakfast. When the company decided to lay off people all the staff at switch board were sacked but she was lucky unfortunately I lost my job and she encouraged me. Last December is when we bumped to each other on Kimanthi street. She had just left the office heading home we did some catching up. She would see me off as I was headed to Odeon. I wish I knew that was the last of me seeing we would have talked and talked never stopping. When I first heard of her disappearance it was late at night and I called Terressia the whole night thou she never picked, the next day she got back and asked for me to continue praying. I have lost a friend we had similar characters jumpy, jovial and we would move from one desk to the next every morning just to say hi to all the staff. When the office was rearranged and we moved to different sided I would just dial switchboard just to ask her to call Teressia for me. “Teressia is not here anapenda kurukaruka akirudi nitakusho,” she would laugh n hang-up.”
Other Kenyans online also expressed their sympathy.
Odhiambo Omollo said; “Some things just break my heart.This is extreme.Lord rest her soul in peace.You understand better Almighty Father.”
Mercy Murichu wrote; “oO Lord…I just remembered how the mum cried on tv jana..saying..at least if the taxi guy killed her…aseme tuu..they go ahead n bury her…Oh Lord ps be with this family..very sad.”
Beatrice Mukiri commented; “So sad.whats happening nowardays ?.too many deaths in unclear circumstances.”
Douglas Moseti said; “Oh God!! Why this? So so heartbreaking. How will her mother receive this news May good Lord Jesus give t