Corporal Joseph Otieno’s wife – Caroline Odhiambo -filed a missing persons report at Kasarani Police Station, Nairobi on Sunday, July 11.
Caroline stated that she lost touch with her 36-year-old husband at around 11:13 pm on the day he disappeared.
“Efforts to trace him have been in vain since his phone was switched off and whereabouts unknown. His phone signal was last tracked to a supermarket in Ruaraka,” the occurrence book (OB) report read.
A car reportedly hired by the officer was found abandoned in Mwiki, Kasarani. Crime Scene investigators immediately conducted forensic analysis on the vehicle, searching for clues on fingerprints and DNA leads in the case.
A multi-agency team comprising detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), and the GSU was formed to conduct a search and rescue operation.
“Efforts are underway to trace him. Today (Monday, July 12) marks our second day.
“The search mission was conducted around Mwiki Gituamba farm where the last car track signal was traced,” the lead detective stated.
A notice was issued to all police stations in Nairobi directing officers to keep an eye on the developments and assist where necessary.
The missing officer’s report comes at a backdrop of increasing kidnapping cases countrywide. In Nairobi, police are still searching for clues to unravel the mystery of missing former Kenya Air Force officer and security expert Mwenda Mbijiwe.
Mbijiwe who unsuccessfully contested the 2017 Meru gubernatorial election was reported missing on Thursday, June 17. His family alleged that a DCI officer, who also disappeared and was alleged to be the victim’s friend, was used as a decoy by unidentified individuals.
The military and National Intelligence Service (NIS) is also tracing fugitive police – Caroline Kangogo – who was accused of assassinating two police officers in a revenge mission cum love triangle.