• Kyuso subcounty police commander, Nicholas Mutua said the decomposing body was discovered at Kamakali village in Mandongoi sub location, five days after his abduction.
• He said the head of the deceased was found a metre away from the rest of the body.
The decomposing body of a man abducted by camel herders in Mwingi, Kitui was found on Sunday.
Stephen Kiilu, 48, from Kanyunyi village in Ngomeni ward was taken hostage by armed camel herders last Tuesday.
Kyuso subcounty police commander Nicholas Mutua said the decomposing body was discovered at Kamakali village in Mandongoi sub location, five days after his abduction.
Mutua said the man was beheaded after being tortured.
He said the head of the deceased was found a metre away from the rest of the body.
Mutua said the body did not appear to have any gunshot wounds.
He said after the police were alerted about the body, they collected and took it to Kyuso subcounty hospital morgue, awaiting postmortem examination.
A Mandongoi cleric Jeremiah Nyayo said residents and relatives of the deceased have been searching for him, oblivious that he was killed soon after his abduction.
He said the body was discovered next to the fence of his farm.
"The stench led her sister and other relatives to the decomposing body, next to the fence of Kiilu's farm mid Sunday morning," Nyayo said.
The cleric said Kiilu went missing after armed Somali herders ambushed him at his home.
Two other villagers who had visited him took to their heels as the attackers were brandishing guns preparing to open fire.