• The motive of the incident was not immediately established.
• The parents of the child, mortuary attendants and guards there are among those lined up for grilling as part of the probe into the incident, police said.
Olkalau residents were left in shock after an incident in which suspected thieves broke into a mortuary in Nyandarua and stole a corpse.
The thieves later kept the body in a septic hole a few meters from the mortuary and police believe it was meant to ensure it was not found.
The body of a juvenile identified as George Chege, 10 was stolen from the JM Kariuki Hospital morgue in Nyandarua where it was preserved. The motive for the incident was not immediately established.
An attendant told police on Wednesday, December 7 he had realized there was a break-in at the facility.
The attendant was reporting to work at about 8 am when he realized the main door had been broken.
He called the police and they went in and realized a corpse had been stolen. Police said they established that three doors of the said block were broken into.
In the mortuary, the thieves accessed one of the fridges and removed the body of the juvenile and left with it.
A search was immediately staged in the area before the said body was found in a septic hole out of the mortuary.
Police who were accompanied by fire brigade officials retrieved the body while intact and returned it to the mortuary.
Police said they plan a further inspection of the body. It is not clear what motivated the incident.
Police who are handling the incident said they are interested in knowing how the boy died as part of the probe into the incident.
The parents of the child, mortuary attendants and guards there are among those lined up for grilling as part of the probe into the incident, police said.