In a press statement, the US Embassy in Nairobi praised the Kenyan law for arresting Kevin Kang’ethe, 40. He is the main suspect in the murder of Margaret Mbitu, a Kenyan-born US based nurse in November 2023, before he fled to Kenya. Margaret’s lifeless body was discovered inside her vehicle parked at the Logan Airport’s Central Parking garage in the US.
“Embassy Nairobi commends the efforts of Kenyan law enforcement for apprehending Kenyan fugitive Kevin Kangethe, suspected to have murdered Margaret Mbitu in Massachusetts sometime between October 30 and November 4, 2023,”The US Embassy in Kenya stated in part.
The Lowell-based Kevin Kang’ethe and Margaret Mbitu, 31 were romantically linked. But Rose Mbitu- Maggie’s mother shared that her daughter had been trying to break it off.
Maggie Mbitu’s Disappearance and Murder
Before her death, Margaret ‘Maggie’ Mbitu, was last seen on October 30, as she left her workplace in Halifax driving her white Toyota Venza. She worked as a nurse at BAMSI, a company specializing in group homes.
The following evening, her worried family reported her missing to the police. Concerned coworkers initiated an online “missing” person campaign to gather information and help locate her.
The police eventually located Maggie’s car around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, two days after her disappearance, parked inside Logan Airport garage overnight. The police discovered Margaret’s lifeless body inside the car, stabbed and slashed to death.
“large slash wounds” on her face and neck area under her chin, as well as a puncture wound to her side,”Stated part of the police report.
Kevin Kang’ethe Flees
Reportedly, after committing the heinous act, Kevin Kangethe boarded a 16-hour flight and fled to Kenya. Despite appeals to surrender himself to the authorities, Kevin Kang’ethe lived in hiding before his arrest at Westlands, Nairobi on January 30, 2024.