Police in Bondo on Sunday recovered theÂ bodyÂ of a seven-year-old boy who had beenÂ missingÂ for two days
TheÂ bodyÂ of Geoffrey Otieno was foundÂ dumpedÂ in aÂ bushÂ at Pap-Komenya, less than a kilometre from Usenge town
Police in Bondo on Sunday recovered theÂ bodyÂ of a seven-year-old boy who had beenÂ missingÂ for two days.
TheÂ bodyÂ of Geoffrey Otieno was foundÂ dumpedÂ in aÂ bushÂ at Pap-Komenya, less than a kilometre from Usenge town.
Usenge assistant chief Manase Osuri said police were informed of theÂ bodyâ€™sÂ whereabouts afterÂ childrenÂ who had noticed foul smell coming from theÂ bushÂ found it.
â€œTheÂ bodyÂ was moved to Bondo sub-county hospital mortuary after the family identified it,â€ said Mr Osuri.
The administrator, who termed the incident shocking, said police were investigating the boyâ€™s killing.
â€œFrom what we have gathered, the boy could have been murdered elsewhere and hisÂ bodyÂ dumpedÂ in theÂ bush. We also suspect it could be a case of ritual killing, as the boyâ€™s genitals have been chopped off,â€ said Osuri.
He urged parents to monitor movements of theirÂ childrenÂ to prevent such incidences.
â€œThis shows there are criminals among us. We must be very careful, especially those who send theirÂ childrenÂ to school without escorting them,â€ said Osuri.
Otieno, a Standard One pupil, was playing with otherÂ childrenÂ when he allegedly wentÂ missing.
His mother, Molly Ouma, said they searched for him in the entire estate but did notÂ findÂ him.
â€œI became suspicious when my son did not return home by 7pm. After searching for him for more than four hours, I decided to report his disappearance to the police,â€ said Ms Ouma.
Otienoâ€™s killing rekindled memories of suspected ritual killings.
Five years ago, a 20-year-old man was killed and his mutilatedÂ bodyÂ foundÂ dumpedÂ in aÂ bushÂ at Sanda village, sparking protests.
Bondo OCPD Harriet Kinya said they had launched investigations into the matter.Â The officer said they would not rest until they apprehend those behind Otienoâ€™s killing.Â
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