A 60-year-old woman resident of Amachai community in Okpanam town, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State was Thursday morning found dangling on a tree.
The deceased, one Mrs. Okenyi, was seen last on Tuesday when she left her home with a bag containing her farming tools, heading for her farm.
Sources said she did not return from the farm that Tuesday, which prompted a search party to comb her farm and the surrounding bushes.
Up till Wednesday, efforts of the search party were still futile, only for her corpse to be found hanging on the tree on Thursday.
Eyewitness account told our correspondent that her farm bag purportedly containing her farming tools was lying a foot away from the tree where she was suspected to have hung herself.
“I do not believe this woman actually killed herself.
“The ropes look too short and her legs are too close to the ground.
“It is possible that someone killed her and came to hang her on this tree,” a suspicious resident alleged.
However, her farm, according to eyewitness, was farther away from the scene of the alleged suicide, creating speculations in some quarters of the community that she could have been murdered.
The thinking among some community folks was that her assailants cleverly brought the lifeless body and hung it on the tree, as a set up to mislead unsuspecting residents that she took her own life.
Meanwhile, the body of the deceased has since been taken to the mortuary of an undisclosed hospital.