Grisly new details have emerged about the murder of a young nurse who was found dead in a parking garage at Boston Logan International Airport.
Margaret ‘Maggie’ Mbitu, 31, suffered horrific facial injuries, including cuts to her face and neck, and a stab wound to her side, investigators have revealed.
Police have launched an international manhunt for the suspected killer, Kevin Kangethe, 40, who was reportedly in a relationship with Mbitu and reportedly boarded a flight to Kenya after the murder.
As investigators work with Kenyan authorities to find Kangethe, Mbitu’s heartbroken mother Rose said: “I don’t understand how anyone can take away someone’s life for no reason… even now I have so many questions.”
Margaret “Maggie” Mbitu, 31, was found dead in a parking garage at Boston Logan Airport on Wednesday, two days after she went missing
Kevin Kangethe, 40, is wanted by police on suspicion of the gruesome murder and is feared to have fled to Kenya
Mbitu was last seen leaving work in Halifax, Massachusetts around 11 p.m. in her white 2013 Toyota Venza.
Her colleagues, who described her as the kind of person who ‘takes on Christmas duties so others can spend time with their families’, shared a flyer online after labeling her ‘missing’ when they were unable to get hold of her. .
Her body was discovered two days later on Wednesday evening by Massachusetts State Police, who arrived on the scene at the Logan Central Parking Garage at 6:30 p.m., according to an arrest warrant for Kengethe released Friday morning.
Officers tracked down Mbitu’s car in the parking garage, where they found an “unresponsive person,” later identified as Mbitu, in the front passenger seat.
The SUV contained a significant amount of blood and the body showed “obvious signs of death,” including large lacerations to her face and neck and a stab wound to her side, according to state police.
No motive for the murder has been established.
Tributes have been paid to Mbitu, who was described as the kind of person who ‘took on Christmas duties so others could spend time with their families’
Kengethe reportedly had a relationship with the nurse, although a motive for the alleged murder has not yet been established
Mbitu’s body was found in a parking lot at Boston Logan International Airport, where she suffered lacerations to her face and neck and a stab wound to her side.
Investigators have released surveillance images of a suspect, believed to be Kangethe, leaving the parking garage shortly afterwards and boarding a flight
The warrant also stated that Kangethe had purchased plane tickets on Tuesday morning, the day after Mbitu went missing.
Surveillance footage released by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office showed a man, believed to be Kengethe, leaving the central parking garage shortly after the Toyota pulled into the parking lot.
The suspect was then tracked through the Logan Airport terminal and boarded a flight.
Massachusetts investigators are now working with Kenyan authorities to track down the suspected killer, reports said NBC Boston.
Tributes have been paid to Mbitu after her body was tragically found, with her loved ones saying they were struggling to come to terms with the ‘tremendous loss’.
“We have lost a beautiful girl that we all loved,” said her cousin George Kamu. “When you saw that beautiful smile, that’s what you saw all the time.”
A missing poster made after Mbitu went missing on Monday evening
A wanted poster detailing the arrest warrant for Kangethe, with US investigators reportedly working with Kenyan authorities to track him down
Rose Mbitu, Maggie’s mother, directly addressed her daughter’s alleged killer as she opened up about her grief, adding: ‘I don’t understand how anyone can take away someone’s life for no reason… even now I have so many questions’
“It’s a huge loss,” said Ulea Lago, a BAMSI representative in Brockton, where Mbitu worked. “She was a wonderful young woman. People described her as a ray of sunshine.”
Her cousin Virginia Ndungu mourned her death because Mbitu “had so much ambition, she had drive… she was a beautiful soul.”
“Her loss is not only a loss for us, but also for her friends, her colleagues, her patients and for the entire community,” she added.
“I don’t understand,” said her mother, Rose. “I don’t understand how anyone can take someone’s life for no reason… even now I have so many questions.”
Rose Mbitu directly addressed the alleged killer of her youngest daughter in her comments, adding: “I say to Kevin, wherever he is, dedicate his life to God because only God can change the mentality he is in .’