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Caroline Kangogo's mother discovered her body, says family

Caroline Kangogo's mother discovered her body, says family

Corporal Caroline Kangogo, who was found dead in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County on July 16, 2021.

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The family of the late fugitive policewoman Caroline Jemutai Kangogo has revealed that it is her mother who made the shock discovery of her body inside their homestead, even as her relatives remain puzzled by the circumstances that led to her death.

The family only learnt that Kangogo was dead when her mother, Leah, went to do routine cleaning of the family bathroom, about 40 metres from the home, only to discover her lifeless body lying in a pool of blood.

Corporal Caroline Kangogo relatives dead

Mourners outside the bathroom where Corporal Caroline Kangogo was found dead.

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Family spokesperson Robert Kipkorir, who is also Kangogo’s uncle, said no one heard a gunshot.

The family is also suspicions that the Nakuru-based police officer left no note to explain to her kin why she took her life or even the circumstances surrounding the murders of Police Constable John Ogweno and businessman Peter Njiru Ndwiga, for which she was being sought.

Police Constable John Ogweno

Police Constable John Ogweno who was killed in a suspected love triangle on July 5, 2021.

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Peter Ndwiga

Peter Ndwiga, who was suspected to have been killed by policewoman Caroline Kangogo inside a hotel room in Juja.

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“We did not know at what exact time she entered the homestead before shooting herself in the bathroom. Her mother was shocked to find the lifeless body in a pool of blood when she went to clean it in the morning,” Mr Kipkorir said.

Robert Kipkorir, uncle to late Corporal Caroline Kangogo

Robert Kipkorir, uncle to late Corporal Caroline Kangogo.

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Sneaked back home

The family reckons that Kangogo, who had been on the run for 11 days, might have sneaked into the homestead in the wee hours of Friday morning before locking herself in the bathroom.

She wore black trousers, a yellow jumper and her head was covered with a black shawl.

Now that she is gone, the family’s many questions may now never be answered.

“We are equally disturbed and eagerly want to know the motive behind the two murders,” he said, describing Kangogo as a calm and disciplined police officer.

The distraught family has expressed shock and disbelief over the death of their daughter, describing it as unbelievable.

Barnabas Kibor, Caroline Kangogo's father

Barnabas Kibor, father of police officer Caroline Kangogo, during an interview at his home at Rorok village, Anin sub-location, in Keiyo North, Elgeyo Marakwet County, on July 8, 2021.

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The parents, including her father Barnabas Kibor, are now left with many questions over why she committed the murders before seemingly taking her own life.

Condolences to murdered men's kin

Mr Kibor, a former police inspector, held a crisis meeting with relatives at the home soon after his daughter’s body was taken to the Iten County Referral Hospital mortuary.

The family also conveyed a message of condolences to the families of Mr Ogweno and Mr Ndwiga, who were killed by the Kangogo before she went underground.

“As a family, we had appealed to her to surrender to any police station but we are disturbed that she instead decided to take her life,” said Mr Kipkorir, the family spokesperson.

The family called on the police to hasten investigations into the motive of the murders as well as the alleged suicide of Kangogo.

“As a family, we are clueless on all that has happened and we leave the matter to the police to carry out their probe into the matter,” said Mr Kipkorir.

Corporal Caroline Kangogo relatives dead

Corporal Caroline Kangogo's relatives mourn at the family home in Nyawa village, Iten in Elgeyo Marakwet County, where police say she shot herself dead on July 16, 2021.

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Police report

According to a police report on the Friday morning incident, Ms Kangogo died from a single bullet shot.

“It is suspected that she might have shot herself using the firearm from below the chin and the bullet exited the head slightly above the left ear,” it said.

A Ceska pistol, serial number G4670, which was cocked with a magazine loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, one in the chamber, one used cartridge and one bullet head were found at the scene.

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