The body of Fr. Michael Maingi Kyengo, vice parish priest of Thatha, in the diocese of Machakos, kidnapped on October 8, has been found buried near the banks of the Mashamba river, in Makima, in Embu county, according to Fides News Agency.
Fr. Kyengo, 43, was last seen on October 8. On October 11, family members reported the disappearance to the police.
The investigators managed to stop a suspect, who had taken possession of the missing priest’s cell phone, car and credit card. When cornered, the man led the police to the scene where Fr. Kyengo’s body was found. The murderer apparently strangled him and then cut the priest’s throat.
The young man arrested, Michael Muthini Mutunga, 25, most probably had accomplices who are currently being sought.
Fr. Kyengo was ordained in 2012 and always served in the parish of Thatha.