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Body of a man discovered in a thicket at Menengai Crater

Police in Nakuru are investigating the circumstances under which a man whose body was found in the Menengai Crater died.

Police said that herders who were grazing in the area discovered the body in a thicket and alerted the authorities.

Nakuru North sub-county Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) officer Wesley Langat said after the herders alerted the area chief, he relayed the information that the body of a male of unknown identity was discovered.

The detectives visited the scene and collaborated with members of the public who had gathered to witness the bizarre incident to retrieve the body that had fallen down the cliff.

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Langat disclosed the deceased’s body had head injuries and fractured limbs and said investigations into the death had been launched to establish his identity and the exact cause of death.

“The body had injuries, we are yet to establish if he died by suicide or accident. At the moment, we are treating it as sudden death but we have launched investigations to establish what happened. We are also yet to establish his identity since we did not find any documents on him,” Langat said.

Langat also said the police are yet to receive any reports of missing persons within Nakuru North.

The deceased’s body was moved to Nakuru City Mortuary, where an autopsy will be conducted.

Residents of the village have expressed their concerns about the growing number of people who have lost their lives in the crater and appealed to the government to fence the place as a safety measure and avert any more deaths.

After attending prayers at “a shrine” in the Menengai Crater, Nakuru County, two people went missing.

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They attended prayers at the Kirima-top Presbyterian Church of East Africa, located near the crater before proceeding for a walk.

It is believed they could have slipped and fallen into the crater.

Other believers, who had also attended the prayers, informed locals and the police about the disappearance.

The crater has several sacred caves and prayer centres where Christians go for prayers and fasting.

Menengai Crater is also a spectacular scenery that attracts local and international tourists who conduct various activities like trekking, hiking, biking, and camping.

A number of people have in the past disappeared in the crater without a trace.

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