Puzzle as Missing Catholic Priest Found Dead and Buried

  • Police and local residents on the banks of Mashamba River in Makima location Embu County where Father Michael Kyengo's body was buried in a shallow grave on October 16, 2019. Daily Nation
  • Police are yet to conclude why and how a Catholic priest from Machakos Diocese was kidnapped, murdered and buried in a shallow grave on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

    Reverend Michael Maingi Kyengo was last seen driving on Tuesday, October 8 at Kaewa Location, Matungulu. 

    However, the priest did not return to his Thatha Parish, prompting fellow priests to report him missing to the police.

    Police at the scene of crime on Wednesday, October 16.
    Police are investigating the murder of Reverend Michael Maingi Kyengo who went missing on Tuesday, October 8

    The body of Father Kyengo was found buried in a shallow grave along the Mashamba River in Makima location, Mbeere South. One suspect; 25-year-old Michael Muthini Mutunga who is suspected to have kidnapped the priest, killed and buried his body at the said place, is in lawful custody.

    Detectives drawn from the Special Crimes Unit stated that one of the suspects led the police to the scene on Tuesday. 

    According to the police, 43-year-old Kyengo was kidnapped on October 7. The kidnappers slit his throat and cut his body before burying him

    The suspected killers then stole Kyengo's vehicle and drove to Malindi where they withdrew part of the priest's money. 

    Cyrus Ombati, a crime reporter told Kenyans.co.ke that police officers arrested two of the four suspects in Nairobi - Mombasa Highway in Makindu.

    Police and a pathologist were at the scene of the crime when the body was exhumed from the banks of Gathingiri River. 

    However, detectives are yet to establish why the kidnappers murdered Kyengo.

    Head of Special Crimes Prevention Unit Pius Gitari mentioned that investigators were following crucial leads on the whereabouts of the missing suspects.

    Two suspects were arrested on Monday, October 14 on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway in connection to the murder of Reverend Michael Maingi Kyengo
    Two suspects were arrested on Monday, October 14 on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway in connection to the murder of Reverend Michael Maingi Kyengo. The priest was buried on the banks of a river.