Lawrence Njoroge, son to a Kiambaa family whose four members were murdered early this month has gone missing.
Lawrence, who is a student at Mount Kenya University, went missing on the night of the murder, the Daily Nation has reported.
On January 6, Kiambaa residents woke up to the cold-blood murder of Nicholas Njoroge alongside his wife Ms Wanjiku Njoroge, their son Mr C. Njoroge, his nephew Mr Maxwell Njoroge, and their farmhand.
According to Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga, Lawrence switched off his phone on the night of the murders, and he hasn’t been traced since then.
“Nothing has been heard of him since the murders happened. We have tried to track him using his mobile phone but this has not been successful because his phone signal shows it was switched off on the same day the bodies of his family members were recovered inside their house,” said Mr Wanyanga.
Detectives found that Lawrence’s mobile phone was last switched off in Naivasha, Nakuru County.
Lawrence was among two of Mr Njoroge’s children who escaped death on that fateful night, because they were in school. The whereabouts of the other two children are known, and they are safe.
Detectives have linked the murders to either succession wars, family jealousy or ritual killings, but the fact that one child is missing could further complicate the investigations.
Kiambu police boss Ali Nuno has assured the bereaved family that “in three days, I’ll tell you who committed this heinous crime”.
“We have made crucial leads and, in the next two or three days, we are going to make a breakthrough and arrest the suspects,” Mr Nuno said as quoted by the Nation.
In 2016, Mr Njoroge’s brother, Mr Allan Njire was shot and injured by unknown assailants while they were together.
In 2017, another brother, Mr Kenneth Mwangi, was killed by unknown people. He was hit with a blunt object from behind.
Mr Njoroge’s niece was also stabbed to death, adding to the murder mystery in the family which turned ugly this week.
The scene of crime is under heavy security as detectives seek to piece together what led to the macabre murder.
Mr Njoroge jetted into the country on December 4, 2020 to spend the Christmas holiday with family.
He only came to Kenya twice a year.