THE sleepy farming settlement of Malele in Tavua was rattled by the news of a 53-year-old grandmother found dead in a pool of blood yesterday.
The news spread like wildfire and drew a large crowd to the home of Shitamma.
Her husband, Silor Mani, said his wife had kidney problems and was alone at home with a Lautoka man who arrived last Saturday to cure her ailment.
Police are treating the case as an alleged murder.
Spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said investigations had started and they were looking for the man.
"A 53-year-old woman was found lying in a pool of blood by neighbours," she said.
It is alleged that the deceased was attacked.
There were injuries visible on her head.
A distraught Mr Mani said he was shocked to find his wife lying in a pool of blood after returning from his cane farm.
"I really don't know what happened as I was away in the cane farm," he said.
"I was informed of the news when I was in the cane farm."
Mr Mani said the man from Lautoka arrived last Saturday and was brought by the family.
He said the man - who was nowhere to be found - was the last person seen with the deceased.
"I don't know what happened to my wife and it is quite suspicious because the incident happened in broad daylight.
"No one else was with her except that Lautoka man."
Neighbour Munendra Goundar said he was at his home when he heard a loud noise.
"As I entered the compound, I saw this man from Lautoka driving away in my neighbour's car.
"I did not think much of it until I saw the lady lying on the floor in a pool of blood."
The car was later found abandoned in a cane field near the scene.
Ms Naisoro said police were seeking information from members of the public on the alleged murder.