Sharon Otieno’s autopsy underway as family demands justice

The Government pathologist Dr. Johanssen Oduor is currently in Rachuonyo South Sub-county Hospital mortuary in Oyugis town to conduct an autopsy of 26-year-old university student Sharon Otieno.

Her body has been lying at the county mortuary since Wednesday when it was discovered in a thicket.

This comes even as investigators on the ground have indicated their intention to collect DNA Samples from the body of Sharon’s unborn baby in order to establish paternity linked to a top politician in Nyanza region.

They say the move will boost their leads in finding the killers of the second year Rongo university student.

Rongo University students took to the streets protesting the brutal murder of their comrade.

The students marched along the Rongo-Homa Bay road and even threw stones at Graca Hotel, where the late Sharon and Nation Media Group journalist Barack Oduor were abducted.

The postmortem was set to be conducted Friday afternoon as detectives strive to get to the bottom of the brutal murder that has attracted public outcry.


The deceased father Douglas Zachary Otieno, who saw the body at Rachuonyo sub-county hospital mortuary, said Sharon appeared to have been tortured before being killed.

They slashed her all over and stabbed her womb, clearly to kill the unborn baby she had been carrying for seven months.

“She had severe burns from the waist to her legs. Her neck had been broken and she had several stab wounds on her back. My daughter and her baby died a painful death,” said Mr Otieno, fighting back tears.

The family is now asking the government to carry out comprehensive investigations to bring to book those behind the heinous act.

Speaking Friday morning at the family home in Magare village, Homa Bay County, the family spokesman Joshua Okongo urged the political class to keep off the matter that is clearly a criminal act.

Okongo said the family is yet to commence burial arrangements for Sharon as they were awaiting results of the post-mortem.

It is reported that Sharon’s legs may have been burnt with acid.

A team of investigators dispatched from Nairobi continues to make headway in the case that they have termed as complex.

Investigators reveal that apart from the cause of death and other critical evidence to be collected from the body, DNA samples from the body of the baby inside Sharon Otieno’s womb will also be extracted to establish paternity.

The detectives will also look into the attempted murder of Nation reporter Barrack Oduor, who escaped death narrowly.

Migori governor Okoth Obado Obado’s Personal assistant Michael Oyamo has already been arrested, with police searching for other suspects in the case after taking samples from the scene of crime.


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