MUMIAS MAN ARRESTED AFTER POSTING HIS PICTURE ON DECEASED STUDENT's FACEBOOK PAGE
A 27- year - old man was arrested in Mumias for allegedly being behind the kidnap and murder of 17- year- old Cynthia Makokha. The suspect was traced by police after he posted a picture of himself on the deceased Facebook page.
A man was arrested in Mumias for allegedly being behind the abduction and murder of Cynthia Makokha. The man identified as John Odinga was traced by police after he uploaded his photo on Makokha's Facebook timeline allegedly using her phone.
17- year- old Cynthia was a form four candidate at Kibera High School in Nairobi and she was travelling to her rural home on Monday October 4, for her grandmother's burial when she went missing. Her parents Chrispinus Makanga and Florence Wanga said she had boarded the suspect's motorbike at Shianda Market after allighting from a vehicle she had travelled in from Nairobi. Her father said the journey to their home from Shianda normally takes 20 minutes and so they got worried when an hour later, the two had not arrived. Cynthia's phone had also been switched off.
A stranger's newly posted picture on Makokha's Facebook page caught the family and investigator's attention after a persistent search had not borne any fruits. "A few days after our daughter went missing we were surprised to see the suspect's photo on our daughter's Facebook account. We launched an investigation and found the suspect with our daughter's phone," said Wanga.
The deceased's body was discovered floating on River Lusumu by residents who reported it ti the Mumias Police Station on Monday October 11. With the help of police officers, they managed to raid the suspect's house and arrested him.
Shianda bodaboda chairman Michael Omwanda alleged that the suspect was not only involved in child abduction cases in the area but also in vandalism and robbery incidences. Unfortunately every time he was reported he always found a way out. "He was once arrested and released for stealing and trafficking two children to Busia with the intention of selling them," he said.
Bumini acting Chief Winstone Shirebo confirmed the arrest while appealing the residents to stay calm while investigations are ongoing and the suspect awaits arraignment in court.
The body was moved to Kakamega General and Refferal Hospital morgue awaiting autopsy.