Police in Nanyuki on Saturday evening recovered bodies of a woman and her two children believed to have disappeared three weeks ago buried at a shallow grave on the outskirts of the town.
The woman and her children are said to have disappeared on October 26 after she visited her estranged husband major Peter Mugure at the Laikipia Airbase.
The bodies of Joyce Syombua 31 her daughter Shanice Maua 10 and son Prince Michael 5, were retrieved from the site which formerly was being used by defunct Municipal Council of Nanyuki as a cemetery but is no longer in use.
Detectives from Nanyuki who had been investigating the disappearance of the woman and the children arrested the military man as the main suspect on Friday evening and after a 24 hour grilling he led them to the site where bodies were retrieved.
The bodies were stuffed in three gunny bags and had their hands tied with ropes.
Residents who got word gathered at the scene when the bodies were dug out one by one starting with the children and the the mother amid a strong stench of decomposition.
The bodies were removed to Nanyuki Teaching and Referral Hospital Mortuary where the county criminal investigation Officer Peter Muinde noting that they will further the investigations to establish whether the bodies are really for those missing.
Syombua and her children had visited their father on his request after they separated and the court gave the right for the father to be seeing them from time to time.
She travelled from Kayole in Nairobi to Nanyuki ostensibly to take the children meet their father who is an airforce major but they were reported missing after the army officer said he had seen them off but could not make it home.
Syombua’s relatives raised the alarm after efforts to reach her mobile phone bore no fruits.
The suspect will be arraigned in court on Monday.
By Martin Munyi