, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1 – Five-year-old Tiffany Muthoni, one of the three children whose parents died mysteriously last week, was found brutally murdered on Monday in Ruiru, Kiambu county.
The body was discovered at a thicket by villagers who alerted the police. Ruiru divisional police boss Isaac Thuranira told Capital FM News that officers took the mutilated body to the Thika Level 5 hospital mortuary.
Detectives suspected the child was one of the three that have been missing since Tuesday last week. They therefore summoned the family of deceased lawyer Paul Magu to the mortuary, where Tiffany was positively identified.
Tiffany’s siblings, Allen, 9 and Ryan (eight) were still missing.
Magu’s brother, Andrew Kamau who identified the body told Capital FM News that, “we hope we are going to find the two boys alive. This is sad.”
The three disappeared on Tuesday last week after their father left with them from their Muthaiga Pipeline estate home for ‘shopping.’ Magu returned home two hours later but without the kids.
On Monday detectives investigating the mysterious deaths of the couple obtained their phone records which they said was crucial in the investigation.
Police believe the phone records of the deceased Magu, a lawyer by profession and his wife will help them establish the last people they spoke to before they died.
The deceased was 35-years old while his wife was 34.
Kamau had earlier on Monday told Capital FM News of the frustration that the family was undergoing in trying the trace the whereabouts of the three children.
To them, he says it’s a double tragedy first for the loss of his brother and sister-in-law and the disappearances of his nephews and niece.
“For us as a family we have lost five members because we do not know where the kids are… its traumatising,” he said though optimistic the children will be found alive and well.
The visibly gloomy Kamau described the deceased couple, “as perfect. In fact, they challenged the rest of our family. We all looked upon them or wished to have such a family; it’s still hard to believe this happened.”
The mutilated body of Magu’s wife Lydia was found on Kiambu Road on Monday last week.
Police had earlier thought his wife’s death was a result of a road accident, but got more curious when they realised it was partly burnt.
Detectives later visited the family’s home and discovered some blood stains in a room, leading to more mystery about the deaths.
“We are pursuing several leads into these deaths, which include suicide, murder and ritual sacrifice,” said John Kariuki, head of the Serious Crimes Unit at the CID.
Investigators are interested to question a preacher said to have been praying with the family as part of the investigations to unravel the mystery surrounding the deaths.
Kamau however says the lady preacher was not willing to utter a word.
A house-help who worked for the family has told police she last saw the children on the day they left with their father, who later returned home alone, and left again.
Police have also questioned a neighbour to the Magu’s who recalled how the man had approached her asking if she would be willing to take care of his children in the event he dies.
The neighbour is reported to have told police that upon inquiring on the whereabouts of his wife, he told her that she had gone for prayers in Westlands, only to learn days later that she was dead when relatives flocked the home.