A teenage girl, believed to be mentally disturbed, has been found dead with her left arm missing in Nsadzu ward of Chadiza District.
The deceased only identified as, Inoni, also had her right hand broken while the right thigh was found ripped by a sharp object.
The development has sparked fears that the recent suspected ritual killings reported in Chipata could spread to Chadiza.
Nsadzu Ward Councillor Dina Phiri, who confirmed the incident to ZANIS in an interview, said Inoni was an inmate at Nsadzu Mental Hospital and was known to wander about in the area unaccompanied.
She said Inoni, whose guardians could not be traced, also had an advanced pregnancy.
According to some Nsadzu residents Inoni went missing for three days before the body was spotted floating on Nsadzu stream by passersby last Thursday some 15 kilometers from Chadiza administrative centre.
Police from Chadiza Police station retrieved the body from the stream and it has since been buried.
When contacted for a comment, Eastern Division Commanding Officer, Mary Chikwanda, said she has not yet received the report on the matter.