In Summary
  • Although Ms Syombua’s mother, Maua Malombe, positively identified the bodies as those of her daughter and grandchildren, Dr Oduor said their identity remains presumptive until DNA tests are conducted.

Joyce Syombua, the estranged wife of Major Peter Mugure, and her two children, who were reported missing on October 27, died painful deaths, postmortem results show.

Ms Syombua, 31, died as a result of multiple blows to the head while her children, Shanice Maua (10) and Prince Michael (5) were strangled.

The postmortem examinations were conducted by Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor at the Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital Mortuary in Laikipia County yesterday and was witnessed by forensic experts, detectives and lawyers.

Dr Oduor said it was difficult to tell the timelines of the murder “as the bodies had decomposed."

Although Ms Syombua’s mother, Maua Malombe, positively identified the bodies as those of her daughter and grandchildren, Dr Oduor said their identity remains presumptive until DNA tests are conducted.

“This is only presumptive because of the state of the bodies but we are already doing DNA analysis which should be available within a week or so,” Dr Oduor said.

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