Detectives attached to Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) have rescued a 14-year-old minor who had been abducted from her parents’ home in Nyeri County on August 25, 2021.
The minor was rescued at Mto wa Mbu town in Tanzania, 514-kilometers away from her parents’ home and the main suspect Alex Jonathan Malel, 19, was arrested.
Before her disappearance, Malel worked as a night guard at an establishment near the minor’s home.
“The school going child was on her mid term break, when the unfortunate incident happened. On the fateful night, she had stepped out of their house to answer a call of nature at 2am, only for her parents to wake up in the morning and find their daughter missing,” read DCI’s statement.
They immediately reported at Gatitu police post, however, due to the gravity of the matter, Nyeri County criminal investigations officer John Gacheru, took over the investigations and escalated his file to headquarters for specialized action.
Led by DCI’s elite Special Service Unit and Tanzania’s regional crime office based in Arusha, Malel was finally cornered yesterday morning at 2am, within Engarika area and the girl rescued.
“DCI appreciates the immediate action taken by Interpol, in facilitating the SSU detectives augmented by a detachment from the Nyeri County Criminal Investigations office and police officers from Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania, in ensuring that the class 8 pupil is rescued and the suspect finally brought to justice,” stated DCI.
Malel is currently at Mto wa Mbu Police Station in Arusha Tanzania waiting trial.