Veteran Kenyan journalist Gatonye Gathura, who went missing last month, has been found dead.
A body found at Naivasha Sub-County Hospital mortuary was confirmed to be his following a scan of the fingerprints by the Registrar of Persons.
Authorities say the body was found dumped along the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu Road on the day he was reported missing and was booked at the morgue as an “unknown male adult”.
Naivasha Sub-County Police Commander Samuel Waweru says they suspect the deceased was strangled to death and investigations are ongoing.
“We are treating his death as murder. We suspect he was killed elsewhere and the body dumped in Naivasha,” he said.
A copper wire was found around his neck when his body was retrieved from the roadside in Kihoto Estate in Naivasha. No identification documents were found on the deceased.
Gathura, a health and science journalist, went missing on October 26th this year. He ran a Health and Science blog called Rocket Science (rocketsciences.co.ke) with content on reproductive health, Covid-19, mental health, common diseases, health research, among others.