Kenyan Lady Found Murdered in Essen

The deceased Mary Waithera Kamathi, popularly known as Carrie Jones

A Kenyan lady popularly known to the Kenyan community in Stuttgart and NRW as Carrie Jones has been murdered. Police suspect foul play. Investigations are underway.

Wednesday, 17th January at 11am, a woman called in 112 seeking help having found her employer lying unconscious on the floor. The ambulance rushed in and tried to reanimate the patient but to no avail. The lady found lying lifeless was Carrie Jones. Her employee, who had reported to work as usual, had walked in unsuspecting what might have happened in the few hours since she had left work the night before.

Carrie was running the kiosk on Helbingstraße in Essen-Süd which is registered under “Kamau”, who is her boyfriend thus the newspaper reports referring to her as an employee.

Google image of the shop on the Helbingstrasse in Essen.

A friend talking to Mkenya Ujerumani reported that Carrie had hosted some friends at her shop on Helbingstraße in Essen on Tuesday evening. The group of friends would leave Carrie alone at 9:30 pm (21:30 Uhr). Carrie had allegedly told the friends that she would not stay long and would be heading home as soon as they left.

Some other friends had last spoken with Carrie on Facebook at 12:15 am (00:15 Uhr). While a witness told the police that they had seen Carrie in the shop at 12:30 am. The usual closing time for the shop was 1 or 2 am.

At a press conference held on Thursday after the autopsy, the prosecution and the police announced that Carrie had suffered massive head injuries. The chief prosecutor, Birgit Jürgen did not want to reveal further information at this stage of the investigations.

Kenyan newspaper, The Star, speaking to the family claimed that the deceased had been stabbed. This was however not confirmed by the police reports released to the public.

The 27 year old, Carrie Jones, whose real names are Mary Waithera Kamathi was until her demise based in Gelsenkirchen and had just completed her nursing Ausbildung last year. She moved to Germany eight years ago as an au pair in the Stuttgart area, before moving to North Rhine Westfalia when she got married. At the time of her death she had separated from her husband and was living with her boyfriend. The team of investigators does not suspect either of these men of being involved in the murder.  On the fateful day, the boyfriend was not in the country.

A murder commission has been set up to investigate the crime and hopefully find the criminal behind it. The commission will be headed by head of crime operations, Oliver Neu.

The police request anyone who:

  • might have seen anything outwardly happening around that area between 10pm Tuesday evening and 11am Wednesday morning OR
  • shopped at that kiosk after 10pm on Tuesday

to get in touch with them immediately via:

Telephone: 0201-829 1065 (outside office hours 0201-829 7230)
Fax: 0201-829 1069
E-mail: pressestelle.essen@polizei.nrw.de
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PolizeiEssen

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