Esther Wambui died of strangulation, according to a postmortem conducted at the City Mortuary on Friday, January 20. Her corpse was discovered in a suitcase abandoned in Kimbo in Kiambu County. Wambui, 18, was also beaten in the head with a hard instrument, according to the autopsy done by pathologist Dr Simon Omuok.
It was speculated that she had been raped before being murdered. Wambui’s husband, Joseph Ngige, and her father, Samuel Mbugua, were present during the autopsy. Vaginal swabs were taken for further study to see if she had been sexually abused. The teen’s body was discovered naked in a suitcase abandoned on the side of the road on Monday evening, January 17. In her left breast, she had a deep cut. On her palms, thighs, and breast were inscribed the words bwana ya mtu sumu. Ngige, Wambui’s husband, told police that he escorted her to work at 5 a.m. on Monday and that his following calls to her remained unanswered that day. He will submit a missing person’s report at Juja Police Station the next day, on Tuesday, January 18.
Wambui was employed as a waitress at a hotel in Ruiru, where she earned Sh300 a day. The adolescent and her lover were residing in Ruiru’s Prisons neighborhood. Ngige, 23, is employed at a mattress manufacturing company in Kiambu County. In the case of Wambui’s murder, police have yet to make an arrest.
Wambui and her husband met in Nakuru County, Kenya, where they were both born. They’d been married for eight months at that point.