Police launch investigation into death of Molo nurse

Residents of Tayari Estate flock Sandra Wangari's house. Wangari, a nurse at Molo Level Four Hospital, was found dead in her house on September 11, 2019. [Kennedy Gachuhi, Standard]

Police have launched investigations into a case in which a nurse attached to Molo Level Four Hospital went missing for days only for her body to be found decomposing in her house.

Sandra Wangari, a plaster technician at the facility, is said to have missed reporting on duty since Monday prompting her colleagues to pay her a visit at her house in Tayari Estate.

“Wangari had not reported to work since Monday without notice and this got us concerned. We sent her colleagues who knew her place to establish her whereabouts yesterday after which we received the shocking news,” said Joseph Ouma, the hospital administrator.

On arrival at her house, the hospital staff were shocked to find her door locked from inside and no response was made as they called her out.

“Upon entering the house they found her dead and immediately alerted me. On checking on her body we found she had no physical injuries and no drugs were at the scene. Postmortem results will help establish the cause of her death,” said Ouma.

Ouma said that they had informed her family members who live in Nairobi about the matter and on viewing the body they positively identified her.

Confirming the incident, area chief Lucy Waiganjo said that the body was taken to Molo Level Four Hospital mortuary pending investigations.

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“We hope to establish the cause of her death once the postmortem is done today,” said Chief Waiganjo.

According to the deceased’s neighbours, she was last seen on Sunday and they didn’t suspect she could have died.

“She has been living alone. I last saw her get into her house on Sunday evening. We only learnt that she wasn’t reporting to work as is her norm when her colleagues came looking for her,” said Lilian Wanjiku.

Faith Wairimu, another neighbour described her as a private person which made it difficult for them to suspect that something wrong could have happened to her.

“She was a humble lady and loved spending time alone in her house. She hardly spoke to other people after coming back to work. We only knew she was working at the hospital,” said Wairimu.

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