A human head belonging to Rita Waeni was found by police at Kiambaa Dam in Kiambu County.
The head belongs to Rita Waeni, a university student, whose disfigured body was found a week ago in a short-term residential area in Roysambu, Nairobi, according to the law enforcement officials.
At the scene, there was also a missing cell phone that belonged to the deceased.
Pius Mwandhi, the commander of Kiambaa police, confirmed the incident and stated that investigations are still ongoing in a statement to journalists on Sunday night.
On Sunday, January 14, 2024, the dismembered body of a 20-year-old student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) was found at an apartment along TRM Drive in Roysambu.
Waeni’s family claims that prior to her murder, the fourth-year student was drawn to the residential area by her killer.
In a statement, the family said the killer demanded Ksh500,000 ransom for her release.
According to the family, Waeni left home to visit a friend. However, on Sunday at around five in the morning, the father received a message from her daughter’s phone number, demanding Ksh500,000 as ransom.
The message directed that money be sent within 24 hours.
Later, the family reported the matter to the police for investigation.
“With this message, the family reported the matter to the police and DCI, and investigations began,” the family stated in a statement noting at least two more messages demanding a ransom were sent.
According to the family, they were not given time to respond to the messages and maintains more messages were sent after she was killed.
“Unfortunately, the family did not get further details about the ransom or an opportunity to explore this route. Additionally, some demands were made when she had already been murdered,” the family said.
“We believe she was lured by her killer, who also tried to extort money from her family, even after killing her,” the family added.
Waeni’s body parts were discovered inside a trash bag in the apartment by the caretaker with her head missing.
Police have since arrested three suspects who are helping them with investigations.