Police hunt for man over rape and killing of 17-year-old schoolgirl in Nyeri

Red Cross officials and fire fighters from Nyeri helped in retrieving the girl’s body.

Tuesday January 12 2016

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Police in Nyeri have launched a search for a farmhand suspected of killing a 17- year-old schoolgirl in Othaya after raping her.

Fillister Murugi, who was a Form Three student at Gatugi Mixed Secondary School, met her fate on Sunday.

Her body was found dumped in a well.

Ms Ann Wanjiku said she left her granddaughter at home and headed to a church at the nearby Gatugi Shopping Centre.

Ms Wanjiku said on the way she met a man who used to work at her home as a farmhand.

When she came back, she was shocked to discover that her granddaughter was not at home.

After a long search, the teenager was found dead. She suspected the farmhand of committing the crime.

Nyeri South police boss Joseph Mwika, who led a team of officers to the scene, said they had already launched a manhunt for the farmhand, who hails from Nyandarua County.

“We have gathered a lot of information about the incident. However, we are not certain whether the farmhand is the main suspect,” said Mr Mwika.

He said they were holding a young boda boda rider who is said to have been called by the girl so that he could ferry her to Othaya Town.

A team of Red Cross officials and fire fighters from Nyeri was called to help in retrieving the girl’s body.