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Man on the run after allegedly killing minors

Police in Kendu Bay have launched a manhunt for a quarry worker who allegedly killed two children.

The bodies were found on Saturday in River Sare in Kogweno Oriang’ West Sub-Location, Homa Bay.

According to the police, they were probably strangled, not drowned.

The children identified as Henry Ochieng, 4, and Vantaly Otieno,5, are from two different families at Kawakungu Village, Kogweno Oriang’ Location.

The man, 19, is reported to have been a friend of one family.

He also worked in a quarry for the family.

The children left home with the suspect on Friday morning.

They headed to a village field to look after cattle.

However, they did not return that evening.

Both families got worried and began their search for the two.

Area Assistant Chief Faraja Malit confirmed the man and minors were last seen tending cattle in a field next to Pap Village at 6 pm.

The cattle were found in the village at 3 am on Saturday, but there was no trace of the children.

Later in the day, the search team found the minors’ clothes near the riverbank of River Sare.

The bodies of the two were then spotted in the river about 200 metres away from each other.

“The bodies have no visible injuries. We suspect they were strangled because their stomachs would have swollen if they had drowned,” Malit said.

He added, “The young man used to live with one of the minors’ parents whom he used to assist in operating a quarry where they carved stones. But he has not been seen after the incident.”

The bodies were taken to Kendu Adventist Hospital morgue at Gendia.

By Everlyne Bosibori

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