Headteacher who had been missing for 5 days found dead in borehole

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 22 Apr, 2024 12:41 | 2 mins read
A borehole used for illustration. PHOTO/Everypixel

The search for Raganga Primary School headteacher Richard Otieno Kobe came to a sad end on Sunday, April 21, 2024, when his lifeless body was found in a borehole.

The deceased was found dead in a water borehole near his home at Aloo estate in Oyugis, Homa Bay County.

According to Gilbert Kobe, the younger brother to the late headteacher, the body was found in the well by his son who had gone to fetch water.

“We looked for all those days until today (Sunday) when we were called from home that the body had been found in the water borehole,” Gilbert said.

The family members reported the matter to the Oyugis police station.

Rachuonyo South Sub-County Police Commander Lilies Wachira said detectives have already launched investigations to determine the cause of the headteacher's death.

“It is sad that the teacher was found dead after the family reported that he was missing. The matter is under investigation,” Wachira said.

The body was moved to Rachuonyo South Sub-County Hospital mortuary for postmortem.

The late headteacher of Raganga Primary School in Kisii County is said to have left home without his mobile phone.

His brother said he had the last phone communication with the deceased on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - the same day he went missing.

"I was informed that my brother went missing on Tuesday. He left home without his mobile phone and never told anyone where he was going," Gilbert Kobe.


The circumstances under which the headteacher fell into the well at his home has also raised questions among concerned people.

Patrick Were, the Secretary of Kenya National National Union of Teachers (KNUT) in Homa Bay, noted that it was hard for someone to fall in the borehole since it had a lockable seal.

Were called on police to investigate the circumstances under which the headteacher died.

"We are still wondering how he got into the well. There are a lot of suspicions about how he died. The borehole has a seal and is lockable. It isn't easy for someone to fall into the borehole accidentally. We urge security agencies to investigate what caused the death,” Were said.