Detectives and forensic police officers at Athi River near where the bodies of missing lawyer Willie Kariuki, taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were retrieved.
The bodies of the lawyer and driver who went missing after a court session were retrieved from a river in Kilimambogo on Thursday.Police sources told the Star by phone that the bodies are of lawyer Willie Kimani and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri. Bodaboda operator Josephat Mwenda is still missing.Residents called police after spotting the two bodies floating in Oldonyo Sabuk River at about 5.30pm.Mutungulu police boss Joseph Chesire said the bodies were taken to City Mortuary for identification.Bodies from the area, which falls under Machakos police command, are usually taken to Machakos district mortuary. Police have extended their search upstream for more bodies.
The three went missing last Thursday while driving on Mombasa road from Mavoko law courts.Kimani who was a lawyer with the International Justice Mission (IJM) had attended a court session in which his client, Mwenda, sued an AP officer for attempted murder.Three IJM staff members who were in a second car reported back to their offices after court.Last Saturday, officials from IJM, family members and CID officers visited Naivasha district hospital mortuary where they viewed bodies.The bodies recovered from Monkey corner area were not of their kin. The victims appeared to have been strangled with ropes and had injuries on to the necks and hands.
Investigators broadened their search to Bungoma, to where the signal of the mobile phone belonging to the driver was traced.
They took the statement of IJF staff and the lawyer’s family members on Thursday but were yet to take hose of the driver’s relatives.It is believed the three were hijacked by armed gunmen at around 2 pm last Thursday.
The taxi they were travelling in was found abandoned at Kamirithu village in Tigoni on Saturday morning.A mobile phone said to belong to the lawyer was traced to tea plantation in the area but is yet to be recovered. The third phone is yet to be recovered.
A man said to be a boda boda operator contacted Kimani’s family by phone on Thursday claiming the lawyer had been locked up at Mlolongo AP camp.
He claimed he had picked a note thrown from the window of a metal container at Mlolongo AP camp where the men were allegedly being held.The note contained the phone number of the lawyer’s wife. IJM staff and Kimani’s family visited the AP camp at around 5 pm but did not find the men.