Murdered Malawian woman had Zimbabwean roots

It has emerged that Rudo Mawere, the 26-year-old woman killed and stuffed in a suitcase in Dublin, was from  Zimbabwe.

She was from Masvingo in Zimbabwe but has a sister Mary  in Lilongwe – Malawi who once worked at Catholic Relief Agency.

Efforts to reach her sister have so far failed.

Meanwhile, the Irish Daily is reporting that a murder hunt is under way.

Rudo,the paper reported,  had been living in Ireland for the past two years in Rathmines, on Dublin’s southside.

Investigators believe that the killer may have struck on Saturday evening.

She had been due to visit her friends at some stage that day. Her body was found yesterday at 8.30am off Blackhorse Avenue, at St David’s Terrace.

Detectives are exploring the theory that the killer was on foot and on his way to dump the body in the Phoenix Park when he decided to abandon the suitcase.

It is believed that this happened at around 7pm on Saturday. There have been no reports of anyone unloading luggage from a car in the area, which was closed off to traffic yesterday as Garda forensic experts examined the scene.
Deputy State pathologist Dr Michael Curtis carried out a preliminary investigation of the scene, just yards from the McKee army barracks. The travel bag, which was fitted with wheels, was found beside a row of parked cars.

An initial examination of the body at Dublin’s Beaumount Hospital showed no visible signs of injury.

The remains were then taken to the city morgue for a post-mortem examination. It found that she had died from asphyxiation.