The 47-year-old woman slept behind her retail shop in Kandundu village, where she settled after separating with her husband.
The neighbours hinted there was a commotion near her premise shortly after 4 am before the door to her room was found open.
Peter Karobia said the mother of four was staying alone behind her shop after she walked away from her matrimonial home barely a kilometre away.
Murang'a East Deputy Police Commander Alexander Muasya said the matter was being investigated by Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to help track her last moments.
"The police will record statements from neighbours and her family as part of investigations to unravel those behind the incident," said Mr Muasya.
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