Brutal murder of business lady Caroline Wanjiku Maina has taken a new twist after police narrowed down on five suspects who are in custody.
Suspects Mercy Gitiri Mongo, Edwin Odiwuor, Samuel Adinda and Stevenson Ouma have been arrested. Officers also nabbed another suspect at the weekend.
Caroline was reported to have been abducted by unknown persons one week ago before the matter was reported to the police. Preliminary findings show she was tortured before being killed and her body dumped in a thicket in Kajiado.
The body was discovered by locals who alerted the police. She wore the same clothes she had when she went missing, police said. It was swollen then and seemed to have been at the scene for more than a day.
The family had sought help to trace her after she went missing. In the February 13 report at Muthangari Police Station, Caroline’s Toyota Axio car was found abandoned in Nairobi’s Kawangware area near Gatina Primary School, a day after she went missing.
The case was then taken over by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Nairobi Area Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau working alongside Dagoretti-based counterparts, who swung into action, arresting four suspects.
Heightened investigations uncovered that prior to the victim’s disappearance, she had withdrawn Sh350,000 from a bank in Nairobi, before proceeding to Ngara for a business deal.
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Caroline worked at a local bank. She was also a businesswoman running a salon along Ring Road, Nairobi. Innocently driving into her death-trap, Caroline had made a call to a female friend, explaining her meeting with one of the suspects who was to guide her into boosting her Stima Sacco shares with the withdrawn amount.
But once at Ngara, she was forced into a black Toyota Crown car in which one of the suspects was waiting. She was sandwiched by the other suspects and handcuffed. Investigators are also probing reports that the death could have been a business deal gone sour with a local contractor and a government agency—Sh40 million having been paid but never reached the intended recipients.
The family had circulated posters with her pictures and details seeking public help to trace her whereabouts. After the suspects were arrested, the team handling the case escorted two of them to Kajiado’s Paranai area, being the scene where they allegedly dumped Caroline’s body after torturing her to death.