, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 1 – Police are now appealing to the public to volunteer information that could help trace three missing children whose parents were found dead under mysterious circumstances last week.
The three children aged between nine and five were last seen when they left their Nairobi home in the company of their father, a lawyer, who was later knocked down by a bus on the Thika- Garissa highway.
The three children have been identified as Allen, 9, Ryan (eight) and Tiffany Muthoni, five.
Their father, Paul Magu is believed to have committed suicide when he threw himself in front of a bus, according to police relying on witness accounts and the bus driver who narrated how he saw a man suddenly jump onto the road.
The mutilated body of his wife Lydia had been 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.
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.
He is said to have spent the night at his family home in Thika without the children, before the bus accident occured.
His vehicle with the engine still running was found next to the scene where he jumped onto the road.
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.
Reports indicate that the deceased man was a successful lawyer four years ago, but quit when he became too religious and changed churches before he started avoiding some of his family members.
Family says the children are still missing disputing social media reports. However detectives investigating the mysterious deaths of the couple obtained their phone records which they say is crucial in the investigations.
DEC, 2 2014. A female preacher said to have been friends with deceased lawyer Paul Magu’s family was on Tuesday charged in Kiambu over her link to the mysterious death of the lawyer, his wife, a daughter and the disappearance of two sons.
Ann Wambui Wanyoro is reported to have been with the family four days prior to the killings which are suspecting to have links to a religious cult.
Police are investigating why Magu, prior to his death, had started systematically transferring his prized properties including their family house, to Wambui. Detectives are also searching for a lawyer who had facilitated the transfers.
Read full story here: Preacher charged in lawyer family’s death probe
DEC, 3 2014. Bodies of deceased lawyer Paul Magu’s two sons, Ryan and Allen have been found in Ruiru, near where their sister Tiffany, 5, was also found dead.
According to Magu’s brother Andrew Kamau, the bodies were discovered on Wednesday afternoon after a massive search was mounted in the area.
Ryan was aged 9 while his brother Allen was 8 years-old.
Read full story here: Missing Magu boys also found dead