A 27-year-old man is in police custody at Mumias Police Station on suspicion of abduction and killing of a 17-year-old high school student.

The suspect was traced after police officers probing the disappearance and death of the student saw his photo uploaded in the girl’s Facebook timeline.

John Odinga, a resident of Emanyasa, is reported to have uploaded his photo on the deceased Cynthia Makokha’s Facebook timeline allegedly using her phone.

Abducted while travelling

Makokha, 17, was a Form Four candidate at Kibera High School in Nairobi and was travelling to her rural home on Monday, October 4, for the burial of her grandmother.

The deceased girl’s parents

Chrispinus Makanga and Florence Wanga said their daughter had boarded the suspect’s motorbike at Shianda market after she alighted from a vehicle she had travelled in from Nairobi.

“She never reached home after boarding the suspect’s motorbike and our search for her was futile. She called us at 7.00pm saying she had alighted and picked a motorbike to bring her to the homestead but they never arrived,” Makanga explained.

Makanga said the journey from Shianda to their home would normally take around 20 minutes and they became worried when the two did not arrive an hour later with the girl’s phone having been turned off.

Facebook photo

A persistent search by family and investigators had not borne fruits until a stranger’s freshly posted photo on the deceased’s Facebook caught their attention.

“A few days after our daughter went missing we were surprised to see the suspect’s photo on our daughter’s Facebook account. We launched an investigation and found the suspect with our daughter’s phone,” said Wanga.

The deceased’s body was discovered floating on River Lusumu by residents who reported the matter at Mumias Police Station on Monday, October 11.

With the help of police officers, they managed to raid the suspect’s residence and arrested him on Monday, October 11.

Michael Omwanda, Shianda bodaboda chairman alleged the suspect was not only involved in child kidnapping cases in the area but he had also been involved in vandalism and robbery incidences but every time they reported him he always found a way out.

“He was once arrested and released for stealing and trafficking two children to Busia with the intention of selling them,” he said.

Confirming the arrest, Bumini acting chief Winstone Shirebo appealed to residents to remain calm as investigations is conducted while the suspect awaits to be arraigned in court.

The body was moved to Kakamega General and Referral Hospital mortuary awaiting autopsy.

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