Four of the 30 bodies that were dug from Shakahola Forest, were examined on Tuesday and they showed signs of murder.
The postmortem results revealed the cause of death as strangulation, smothering and blunt object trauma.
The latest post mortem result reveal that the rest, except of the sixth whose death could not be determined died of starvation.
“Eight of them were male and 22 were female. We did autopsies of 115 adults and 9 children, There were six persons who we weren’t able to determine for certain whether they were adults or not because of the level of decomposition,” Chief Government Pathologist Dr. Johansen Oduor said.
Out of the four bodies that showed signs of murder, one of them , a child was struck with a blunt object, another one was strangled, while two adults died of suffocation.
“We could clearly see rope marks on the neck of one of them. We have also recorded some broken bones in the neck. We are sure that this person, a child, was strangled to death, said Oduor.
“The results also revealed that two of the victims were smothered to death.”
Human rights bodies protested about their exclusion from the autopsy, but Dr. Oduor’s led team says their presence isn’t necessary.
The exercise will continue alongside the collection of DNA samples from members of families of missing persons believed to have been members of Mackenzie’s cult.
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