Joseph Muchiri, the prime suspect in the murder of 25-year-old Faith Wangui, is dead in an apparent suicide.

Nakuru County Police Commander Stephen Matu said Muchiri, Wangui’s estranged husband, was found dead in Mau Narok in Njoro on Tuesday, November 19.

It is suspected Muchiri committed suicide by hanging. His body was taken to Nakuru Municipal Mortuary as investigations continue.

The police boss said Muchiri left behind a note, saying he decided to take his own life because “everyone, particularly Wangui’s elder brother Joseph Mwangi, was blaming him for Wangui’s death”.

“Muchiri left behind a suicide note, which we found in his pocket. In the letter, he says; and I quote: ‘I cannot withstand losing my precious wife. I am being blamed for her death. Let me now follow her’,” said Matu.

Ms Wangui had been reported missing for a week before her body was found dumped in a thicket near Menengai Crater in Kiamaina Ward in Bahati, Nakuru County on Saturday.

Herders who were grazing their livestock at the crater on Saturday evening discovered Wangui’s badly-mutilated body.

Faith Wangui’s elder brother, Joseph Mwangi, recounted his sister’s last moments on Sunday. He said Wangui, a mother of two daughters aged 6 and 2, had taken the kids to spend the December holiday with their grandmother.

“Faith and Muchiri were an estranged couple. They had separated for nearly a year but would meet often. When she arrived home on Saturday, November 9, she spent the night at home. The following day, Sunday, she woke up, prepared herself for church, and left at 9 am,” said Mwangi

“She did not return home. At 7 pm, she called and told me that she was planning to meet someone in the central business district. Later, my family members were informed that she had been spotted in the company of Muchiri in a nightclub in Nakuru Town. The two reportedly left the entertainment joint at 9:30 pm. That was the last time she was seen in public. Our attempts to reach her on phone were fruitless as her cellphone line remained offline,” Mwangi told K24 TV.

Wangui was reportedly raped and, thereafter, killed. A postmortem examination conducted on her body showed she died of strangulation.