On Wednesday, November 1st, Massachusetts police discovered the body of 31-year-old nurse Margaret ‘Maggie’ Mbitu at Boston’s Logan Airport parking garage. Mbitu, who had been reported missing on Monday, was discovered with severe injuries, including slash wounds to her face and neck and a puncture wound to her side.
The tragic find has triggered an international manhunt for 40-year-old Kevin Kangethe, who is suspected of the murder and is believed to have fled to Kenya. Kangethe, reportedly in a relationship with Mbitu, is now the focus of a collaborative effort between Massachusetts investigators and Kenyan authorities to bring him into custody.
Mbitu was last seen on Monday evening after leaving her job in Halifax, Massachusetts. Her absence was quickly noted by her colleagues, who admired her for her kindness, such as taking Christmas shifts so others could be with their families. Their concern led to a widespread search, culminating in the grim find by the Massachusetts State Police.
Acting on a warrant for Kangethe’s arrest, the police found Mbitu’s vehicle in the airport garage with an ‘unresponsive individual’ inside, later identified as Mbitu. The scene was described as having a significant amount of blood, and the injuries were immediately apparent as fatal.
No clear motive has been established for the killing, leaving Mbitu’s family, friends, and the community searching for answers. Tributes to Mbitu have poured in, describing her as a “ray of sunshine” and a “beautiful soul” with much ambition and drive. Her mother, Rose Mbitu, expressed her profound grief and confusion over the senseless nature of her daughter’s death.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office has released surveillance footage showing a suspect, believed to be Kangethe, leaving the parking garage and boarding a flight. This evidence has become a key component in the ongoing investigation and manhunt.
As the story unfolds, the community mourns the loss of a beloved nurse whose life was tragically cut short. The search for justice continues, with international efforts to apprehend the suspect and provide some measure of closure to those affected by this tragedy.