Kenya: style of circumcision may help detectives trace back to the origin of the slain man
A traditional Meru circumcision technique could help detectives refine their search for the identity of a man whose headless body was found on the bed of a dried-up river in Mati Anduui, Meru County, he 19 days ago.
The Nation has learned that investigators have been informed that the man may have undergone Tigania’s cultural circumcision.
The man had been stripped naked and left with a blue sock on his left foot, while a left brown shoe stained with blood and blue underwear lay a few feet from the body.
Tigania East Police boss Peter Karanja said they suspected the torso and a severed head found on a maize farm in the village of Charuru, 20 km away, belonged to one person.
A brown straight shoe that was also found on a stage is similar to the one found close to the body.
The head, found in the bushes, appears to have been thrown over the fence from the Muriri-Michimikuru road. A woman collecting firewood spotted him.
Blood-soaked blue denim pants and a blue long-sleeved shirt were also recovered from the side of the road, a few yards from the head.
The left side of the pants had been cut above the knee and had a brown leather belt with the word “boss” written on it.
Mr Karanja said investigators would analyze the man’s fingerprints and find out if he was registered, while the body parts were taken to the morgue at Meru Level Five Hospital for post-mortem examination and correspondence. DNA.
“We strongly believe that this is the same person because even the brown shoes (moccasins) are a pair. No one has come forward to report a missing relative, but we hope we will establish their identity.” said Mr. Karanja.
Buuri chief John Mamira, who was among the first responders at the scene when the headless body was spotted on June 11, agreed the man was most likely an adult Meru from the Tigania sub-tribe.
“The police shouldn’t look far. He is a man from Tigania because I know how we circumcise our people. I told the police that they should look for his identity around Tigania East, West and Center. “, did he declare.
“The man was smartly dressed and probably from the working class. He is about 26 to 32 years old, in my opinion.”
Residents were puzzled and shocked by the brutal killing, he said, especially the killers’ efforts to try to cover their tracks.
The murder was reportedly carried out at the location where the headless body was found, a tortuous terrain teeming with wildlife.
When the Nation visited the scene of the murder on Tuesday, we spotted fresh elephant dung near the Buathumara and Kiare rivers, where the largest existing land animals are invading local farms.
The area has a poorly paved road with rugged igneous rocks and the more remote parts can only be reached by motorbike.
Many pastoralists who had built temporary barns have abandoned them and only visit the area for grazing, then bring their cattle home.
“This person must have been brought there by a person or people who know the area well. Only pastoralists and farmers come here,” said Chief Mamira.
“I am sure that once we identify the deceased, the suspects will come from this area … Perhaps the body was left there to be eaten by wild animals.”
Police are also pursuing the theory that this was a contract murder, where contract killers are believed to have carried their heads a long distance “to show it to their client.”