RESCUED

Abducted Nyeri girl found in Tanzania, suspect arrested

The girl has been reunited with her family.

In Summary

•The abductor who has been identified as Alex Jonathan Malel, 19, was arrested on Sunday morning.

•Before the minor disappeared, Malel worked as a night guard at an establishment near the minor’s home.

Alex Jonathan Malel, suspect in the kidnapping of class 8 girl in Nyeri.
Alex Jonathan Malel, suspect in the kidnapping of class 8 girl in Nyeri.
Image: DCI

Directorate of Criminal Investigations detectives have rescued a 14-year-old girl who was abducted from her parents’ home in Nyeri.

According to DCI, the girl who was kidnapped on August 25 was found at Mto wa Mbu town in Tanzania where she had been taken by her abductor.

The abductor who has been identified as Alex Jonathan Malel, 19, was arrested on Sunday morning.

“In a meticulously planned rescue mission led by DCI’s elite Special Service Unit and Tanzania’s regional crime office based in Arusha, Malel was finally cornered yesterday morning at 2am, within Engarika area and the girl rescued,” DCI said.

Before the minor disappeared, Malel worked as a night guard at an establishment near the minor’s home.

Detectives said the class eight girl was on mid-term break when she went missing.

"On the fateful night, she had stepped out of their house to answer a call of nature at 2am, only for her parents to wake up in the morning and find their daughter missing." DCI said.

"They immediately reported at Gatitu police post but due to the gravity of the matter, Nyeri county criminal investigations officer John Gacheru, took over the investigations and escalated his file to headquarters for specialised action."

The girl has been reunited with her family.

The suspect was arrested for defilement and is being held at the Mto wa Mbu police station in Arusha, Tanzania.