YUMBE. A South Sudanese woman who went missing for a week from her home in Ombechi village, Bidibidi zone V settlement, in Ariwa sub county was found dead in the bush over the weekend.

The deceased, late Mary Naka, whose age could not be readily established is suspected to have been murdered after being raped.

Mr Moses Olang, the Yumbe district police commander said since the disappearance of the deceased, no report was made at the police about her missing.

"The body of Mary Naka which was decomposing was found covered with dry grass in the bush by some women who had gone to collect fire wood. According to our investigations, the woman was raped and then murdered", he said.

He said no suspect has been arrested in connection to the murder but investigations are ongoing.

In a separate incident, a 13year old girl from Olobiyo village, Midigo sub county was also brutally murdered by unknown people during the festive period.

According to the DPC, the 13year old Foster Ojikuru was raped and later strangled to death to destroy evidence of the crime.

"Relatives of the deceased reported the matter to police but the girl was found dead in the bush. According to our investigations, we found that the girl was raped by a group of people and then strangled to death", he said.

He said the neck of the dead juvenile was found broken but the suspects are still at large.

This has brought to three the number of murder cases during the festive season in Yumbe district.

On Christmas day, a 46year old man was murdered by a mob on allegations that he was practicing witchcraft.

The deceased, Phillip Alioni, a resident of Napaca village in Drajini sub county on the fateful day visited his in-laws in Maracha but on their way back with his Wife, they decided to branch to the home of his in-laws (relatives of his wife) to check on them but the LC I chairperson of the area plus other people started beating the deceased on allegations of being a witch.

He was then rushed to Lodonga health centre IV for medication but died on arrival at the health facility.