Police in Limuru, Kiambu County have arrested two people in connection with the death of a 13-year-old boy, whose body was discovered in a thicket on Friday, February 19.
The two, the boy’s mother and grandmother, were arrested after they “discovered” the teenager’s body in questionable circumstances.
The child had been reported missing on Sunday, February 14 from his parents’ home in Githunguri, and discovered dead in Murengeti Village in Limuru, 27 kilometers away, nearly a week later.
It was the boy’s mother, Elizabeth Wanjiku, and grandmother, Veronica Njoki, who found the Class Six pupil’s body lying lifeless in a thicket.
Police are seeking to establish how Wanjiku and Njoki, who are not residents of Limuru, got to know of their kin’s dumping in the faraway town.
Murengeti Village residents told K24 Digital that on Friday evening they saw Wanjiku and Njoki combing through thickets in the area, but they couldn’t immediately understand what the pair was looking for.
“They are non-residents, and because we did not know who they were, we avoided confronting or questioning them,” said a local.
Upon arrest Saturday, the boy’s mother said she chanced upon her son’s body in a thicket in Murengeti Village, where she "had gone to visit her boyfriend".
Wanjiku claimed she, thereafter, informed her mother, Veronica Njoki, who rushed to the scene.
The suspects are being held in custody at Tigoni Police Station as investigations continue.
The incident was confirmed to K24 Digital by Ngarariga Location Chief Michael Kang’ethe.
The teenager’s body was taken to Tigoni Funeral Home awaiting autopsy.