When the decomposing our bodies of two youngsters have been present in a automobile parked on the Athi River Police Station on Wednesday, 1,000,000 questions have been raised in regards to the scene.
How did it occur, proper inside a police station? Have been any officers concerned? Now, detectives suspect the kids have been ‘murdered’ elsewhere, earlier than their our bodies have been moved to the station. However who had the braveness to maneuver them to such a spot? That’s the onerous query.
They have been discovered by a person who had gone to the station to gather his car. “The youngsters have been reported lacking on June 11 and we’ve been looking for them since then,” Athi River police boss Catherine Ringera mentioned on Wednesday.
Alvina Mutheu and Henry Jacktone, aged three and 4, have been jolly good pals. They have been final seen on June 11 of their neighbourhood close to the Kenya Meat Fee (KMC) in Machakos County.
In response to her mom, Catherine Munyiva, Alvina had been known as by her father, Stephen Mulinge, to the bottom flooring of their house. He had introduced his daughter a fruit, water melon.
As a substitute of returning house, Alvina — who was wearing a purple sweater, a purple pair of trousers and orange boots — joined Jacktone within the neighbourhood.
They have been a part of a gaggle of people that have been watching a tractor that was digging trenches close to their house earlier than they all of a sudden disappeared. Till Wednesday night.
Detectives from the Murder Division of the Directorate of Felony Investigation (DCI) are actually looking for out how the our bodies obtained to the station.
The troublesome query, nonetheless, is who killed Alvina and Jacktone and why? Jacktone’s father, Cliftone Odhiambo, is an off-the-cuff labourer at a ceramics manufacturing unit, whereas Alvina’s dad, Stephen Mulinge, sells water for a dwelling.
“Police known as us and mentioned that some our bodies had been discovered. They informed us to report back to the station instantly,” mentioned Mr Odhiambo.
What shocked the dad and mom is that the our bodies had been in the identical station they’d reported to when the kids disappeared.
It’s nonetheless not clear how lengthy the our bodies had been there, and why the police have been unaware of their presence till the car they have been in got here to be collected by its proprietor.
The grey Toyota Belta, plate quantity KCT 510X and registered beneath Peris Ngugi, was concerned in an accident on March 4. The broken automobile was in Could moved from its authentic location to create house for different autos.
“When that car was concerned in an accident, it was in dangerous form. The proprietor couldn’t drive it from the scene, so it was towed to the station. We inspected it and, aside from the spare wheel and the wheel jack, there was nothing else within the automobile,” Ms Ringera mentioned.
Nevertheless, she couldn’t time period the incident as homicide. “We’re leaving it to the murder detectives to inform us,” mentioned added.
However whether or not it’s a homicide or not, the police boss might be onerous pressed to clarify how two our bodies ended up inside her station.
Usually, when vehicles are towed to a station, the police take possession of the keys that are saved in a retailer and are solely launched when the car has been formally launched.
The households of the 2 youngsters are suspecting foul play. Mr Odhiambo, 26, informed the Nation the household had been thrown into mourning after shedding their first born son Jacktone.
“The our bodies have been totally decomposed. We might solely determine the garments. We fail to know how the our bodies led to a car parked on the police station,” he mentioned, including that he didn’t have recognized enemies.
In the identical constructing, Mr Mulinge, 35, who was being consoled by neighbours when the Nation visited their house, mentioned the deaths have left them with limitless questions.
“My daughter and my neighbour’s son should have been kidnapped by an individual recognized to them. Now we have been receiving calls from two totally different cell numbers demanding cash to launch them,” mentioned Mr Mulinge.
By the point of going to press, detectives have been but to take recent statements from the 2 households.