Popular Blogger Frank Obegi Among 4 Mutilated Bodies Found in Kijabe Forest

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    An image of Kenyan blogger Frank Obegi.
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  • One of the four mutilated bodies discovered in Kijabe Forest was on Monday, June 20, positively identified as that of Frank Obegi, a popular Kenyan blogger and influencer.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke his brother Leyton confirmed that a close friend of the deceased had identified Obegi's body at the City Mortuary, adding that the family only learnt about the sad news after the news item covered on Sunday night, June 19.  

    The brother stated that the family, which is based in Kisii, was not aware that the blogger had gone missing from Tuesday last week - and was being sought by his friends in Nairobi where he was based. 

    Nairobi City mortuary
    Nairobi City mortuary
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    On Monday morning, a city-based friend called the family to inform him that their kin's mutilated body had been found at the City Mortuary. 

    "I received the news this morning from a friend who was close to him and knew his whereabouts. The lady who informed me about his death had gone to City Mortuary and confirmed that it was him," he disclosed.

    Leyton added that he last spoke to his brother on Tuesday, June 14 - the day he later discovered was the last time Obegi had been seen.

    The brother added that he had been unaware that his fallen brother, who was always online, had gone for days without posting and that Obegi's accounts had been deleted under unclear circumstances.

    "He has been missing since Tuesday. That was when he was last seen online and that was when I received the last communication from him. It was upon the learning of his death that I realised that he had been inactive on social media. He was very active on social media, but his accounts have since been deleted," the deceased's brother added.

    Leyton added that Obegi had not disclosed any threats on his life. He revealed that the family lived in Kisii and only kept in touch with their son on phone.

    Questioned on whether police officers have reached out to the family, he stated that no communication had been made so far. However, he noted that arrangements were being made by the kin to travel to Nairobi.

    On June 20, police launched investigations after four bodies were found dumped at Kijabe Forest in Kiambu County over the weekend between Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 following a complaint by Lari residents.

    Lari Police commander Adamson Furaha confirmed the incident, adding that officers had been deployed to track down the killers believed to have tortured the victims, whose bodies were established to have deep cuts and missing private parts.

    Furaha noted that preliminary investigations pointed to the multiple homicides being conducted elsewhere before the bodies were ferried to the forest.

    “We suspect that the four were killed elsewhere and their bodies dumped within this area. All four bodies had deep cuts to the neck and chopped private parts. We are now scared because this is new to this area,” One of the residents, Philip Kamau, told Nation.

    A Kenyan police officer pictured at a crime scene.
    A Kenyan police officer pictured at a crime scene.
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