Kahawatta in the Ratnapura District is on high alert again following the death of a woman who was hacked to death.
The recent victim is the 15th woman found killed in a series of gruesome murders in the area over the past year.
According to Police Spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody the 60-year-old woman was found stabbed to death by unidentified persons at a house in Warapitiya, Kahawatta last evening.
The post-mortem examination on the body of the victim was carried out at the Rathnapura hospital today.
The examination has revealed that severe trauma caused to the victims head & neck had resulted in her death.
Kahawatta has drawn attention of police and media recently due to several mysterious murders of older women in the area during the past few months.
As many as 10 elderly women have been found murdered last year and in January this year a mother and a teenage daughter were found brutally murdered.
In June, charred bodies of two elderly women were found inside a burnt house in the same area.