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Priest’s mutilated body exhumed from shallow grave in Embu after abduction

The body of Father Michael Kyengo of Thatha Parish in Machakos was exhumed on Wednesday by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who were led to the scene by one of the suspects/DCI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – The mutilated body of a Catholic priest who was kidnapped, brutally murdered and buried in a shallow grave in Embu County has been exhumed.

The body of Father Michael Kyengo of Thatha Parish in Machakos was exhumed on Wednesday by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who were led to the scene by one of the suspects.

Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said the priest was kidnapped, robbed, killed and his body cut into pieces before it was stuffed in a gunny bag and transported to Mashamba area in Mbeere South where it was buried in a shallow grave.

“We have one suspect in custody and we are now looking for his accomplices,” said Kinoti, vowing, “all those who were involved in this heinous act will have to face justice.”

The priest had been missing for a week after being kidnapped from the parish, police said.

With the help of new technology, detectives from the DCI’s homicide department pieced together all the information and traced his vehicle to Mombasa Road where they exchanged gunshots with occupants and managed to arrest one. The rest fled.

It is the suspect who led the officers to Embu where they dumped the body.

Detectives said they have since established that some money was withdrawn from the priest’s bank account during the period he was missing.

Police were seeking to establish if the money was withdrawn before or after he was killed.

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Detectives involved in the investigation said they had not established the motive of the killing.

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