Family Disappearance: 3 Bodies Found After Arrest of KDF Major

  • KDF soldiers at a past excursion. File
  • Three bodies were found buried in a shallow grave within Thingithu Estate in Nanyuki, after the arrest of Major Peter Mugure on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

    The bodies are believed to be of his estranged wife Joyce Syombua, her two children Shanice Maua and Prince Michael who went missing on October 26, 2019.

    Citizen TV reported that the discovery was made after the suspect led the police to where the bodies were buried.

    The bodies of the family
    Joyce Syombua, her two children Shanice Maua and Prince Michael who went missing on October 26, 2019.

    The media house also intimated that the police discovered the body of the two children stacked atop their mother's.

    The case was brought into focus when Syombua’s mother Elizabeth Maua went to Soweto Police Station to report that her daughter was missing, and her friend, identified as Farizana, made the same report at Nanyuki Police Station.

    Investigations were launched immediately and led to the discovery of Syombua's phone inside a 4NTE matatu.

    Reports also indicated that Syombua and Mugure, who had been in an on-and-off relationship for 13 years, had an agreement that allowed the husband access to the children after a court granted his wife sole custody.

    K24 TV cited call and text records which revealed that on October 25 and 26, Syombua regularly communicated with her female friend, telling her that Mugure had taken the children out, but did not return home with them.

    The friend then allegedly explained that she attempted to contact Syombua on the evening of October 26, but her phone could not go through.

    The suspect had been arrested on Friday, November 15, 2019. 

    A photo of the scene where the body was located.
    A photo of the scene where the bodies were located.

    Video of the suspect's trail courtesy of Citizen TV