Detectives have discovered three bodies believed to be that Joyce Syombua, 31, and her two children Shanice (10) and Prince Michael (5) who went missing on 26 October 2019 shortly after meeting her enstranged lover Peter Mugurein Nanyuki have been found.

The three bodies were discovered in Makaburini, Thingithu area in Laikipia County.

The discovery was made a day after her estranged lover Major Peter Mugure was arrested in connection with their disappearance of Joyce Syombua (31), Shanice Maua (10) and Prince Michael (5).

Thingithu where the bodies were discovered is 9-minute drive from the Laikipia Air Base.

Investigations into their disappearance intensified on Friday with detectives arresting and questioning her estranged lover.

Joyce Syombua
Joyce Syombua

Mugure who is based at the Nanyuki barracks was arrested over the disappearance of his estranged lover, Joyce Syombua, 31, and their two children Shanice (10) and Prince Michael (5) disappeared three weeks ago after they went to visit him in Nanyuki.

Laikipia East Criminal Investigations Officer Jacob Muriithi confirmed the arrest, adding that investigations are underway and the suspect will be taken to court on Monday.

 “We will take him to court on Monday and seek more time to detain him for further interrogations and investigations,” said Muriithi.

Reports indicate that the relationship between the two had been on and off.

Joyce Syombua, 31,  Shanice (10) and Prince Michael (5)
Joyce Syombua, 31, Shanice (10) and Prince Michael (5)

Syombua left Kayole on 25 October 2019 to visit Mugure after he requested to spend time with his children during the holidays.

Series of text messages

She arrived safely and was in constant communication with her childhood friend, Syombua Kateng’u before disappearing on 26 October 2019.

Katengu narrated that on the fateful day, Syombua texted her at around 8am, informing her that Mugure had left with the children while she was in the bathroom.

Army boss Peter Mugure arrested in Nanyuki over the disappearance of his estranged lover Joyce Syombua and their two children Shanice  and Prince Michael
Army boss Peter Mugure arrested in Nanyuki over the disappearance of his estranged lover Joyce Syombua and their two children Shanice and Prince Michael

“In the text message she told me that when she came from the bathroom, she did not find Peter and the children. She also told me when she called him, he said he was taking them on a tour of the facility and would be back,” recounted Kateng’u.

He would return later without the children and inform Syombua that they had been left at a friend’s house.

“When she asked him the whereabouts of the children, he said he had left them at a friend’s house because they needed privacy to iron out their differences,” recounted Kateng’u.

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