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Detectives investigate skeleton believed to belong to missing Air force officer

28 September 2015, 14:48 Kimagata Maridany

Nairobi - Detectives in Bomet are conducting investigation on pieces of human bones found at the edge of Mau Forest in Bomet County.

The bones are believed to belong to a Kenya Air Force officer who disappeared mysteriously nine years ago.

Confirming the discovery of bones, Bomet County Police Service Commander Leah Kithei said identification documents of the missing officer at the scene are helping police in their investigations.

Speaking to the press, Kithei said the skeleton was discovered by herdsmen at the edge of the forest who alerted the family of the missing officer.

"We got information from the relatives of the missing officer and police were dispatched to the scene where they took the bones for preservation at Longisa Hospital," she revealed.

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According to the relatives of the deceased, the remains are suspected to belong to the officer since vital identification documents including his job ID card and bank ATM cards which he had in his possession were also retrieved.

Corporal Benard Kipkemoi Langat disappeared mysteriously in 2006 while on his way back to his workplace after a short stint stay at home.

His brother, Erick Langat, said they received a call some months later after the deceased left for work from some officials at the barracks inquiring about the officer's whereabouts to their shock.

Kithei however said DNA analysis has to be undertaken to reveal if the remains actually belong to the missing officer.

"We do not want to rule out on the possibilities of the remains belonging to the former officer but what we are saying is, relevant bodies have taken up the matter and will first have to conduct DNA analysis to identify it," said the officer.

The former air force officer was based at Laikipia military airbase, and the discovered remains are being preserved at Longisa County referral hospital.

The County police boss appealed to the members of the public who might have any crucial information regarding the mystery surrounding the incident to forward it, saying investigations have been launched.

Late last year, an application was made at the Kericho high Court where the court ruled that the officer already died.

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