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Suspect in Killing of Woman Found in Airport Garage is Captured in Kenya

KEVIN KANGETHE, 41, who is wanted for the homicide of Margaret Mbitu on or around Nov. 1, 2023, was arrested Monday night by Kenyan authorities.


KANGETHE's arrest follows an investigation by the State Police Detective Unit for Suffolk County and Suffolk County District Attorney's Office and intensive efforts to locate him by the United States Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service and assisting agencies. Their cooperative effort ensured that KANGETHE will be extradited to Boston to face justice for Ms. Mbitu's killing.


KANGETHE fled to Kenya shortly after killing the 31-year-old Whitman resident, with whom he had been in a relationship, according to the investigation by State Police detectives. Ms. Mbitu's body was located in a parked car in the Central Parking garage at Logan International Airport on the evening of November 1, 2023. She had been reported missing by her family on Monday and was the subject of a missing person investigation.

 

The subsequent investigation identified KANGETHE, who lived in Lowell, as Ms. Mbitu's assailant and determined that he had boarded a flight to Kenya. State Police Detectives obtained a warrant charging KANGETHE with Ms. Mbitu’s homicide and began working with the State Department DSS, Interpol, and Kenyan authorities to locate him in Kenya. 


Law enforcement officials in Kenya had tracked KANGETHE's whereabouts while state and federal authorities here coordinated his apprehension. He was arrested a nightclub in Nairobi on Monday night (Kenyan time). KANGETHE is expected to appear at a preliminary court hearing in Kenya within the next few days. The process to extradite him to Boston for prosecution has begun.


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