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Missing veteran journalist Gatonye Gathura found dead

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  • Gathura wrote for Nation and The Standard in the past before going independent.

Gatonye Gathura, a veteran Health and Science journalist who went missing on October 26, 2021, has been found dead.

Gathura’s body was found in Naivasha Sub-County Referral Hospital morgue after the Registrar of Persons used finger prints to establish his identity.

Authorities say Gathura’s body had been found dumped along the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu Road on the day he was reported missing and was booked at the facility as an “unknown male adult”.

Police suspect Gatonye Gathura was murdered

Speaking on the incident, Naivasha sub-County Police Commander Samuel Waweru said, “We are treating his death as murder. We suspect he was killed elsewhere and the body dumped in Naivasha.”

This is after a copper wire was found around his neck, when his body was retrieved from the roadside in Kihoto Estate in Naivasha. Police suspect he might have been strangled to death.

However, no identification documents were found on the departed journalist.

Gathura ran 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.


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