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Missing priest found dead in Kenya

A Catholic priest who disappeared from his family home was found dead in a shallow grave in southeastern Kenya a week after he was reported missing.

Police investigators and pathologists exhumed the body of Fr Michael Maingi Kyengo, 43. They said his body had been stashed in a sack.

Onlookers watched in shock as Fr Kyengo’s body was pulled from a seasonal riverbed. Police said he had been strangled and that his body had been disfigured.

Fr Kyengo was a parish priest in Thatha at a parish in the Diocese of Machakos.

He had been staying with his parents at their home about 32 miles north of Nairobi before his family reported him missing on October 11. He had travelled there for his annual leave on October 1, said Fr Josephat Kyambuu, another priest at the parish.

“I had heard not from him for two weeks. It hit me to hear of his death,” Fr Kyambuu told Catholic News Service. “He never said he was facing any threats.”

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