Puzzle over retired German soldier who went missing in Kwale

Shimoni Village in Kwale county where Kopf was allegedly picked up by immigration officials PHOTO JANET MURIKIRA

Detectives in Kwale county have launched investigations to unravel the whereabouts of a missing German national identified as 54 year old Paul Kopf.

Kopf who is believed to be a retired soldier went missing from his house in Shimoni village,Kwale county,  on 26th November.

Kwale county police commander Joseph Nthenge told Baraka FM on Wednesday that Kopf’s wife 26 year old Neema Nyawira had told Kenyan authorities that Kopf was picked up by five men she believes are officials from the immigration department from their family compound.

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“She said the men wanted him to answer queries in regards to his residency in the country” Nthenge told Baraka FM.

A missing persons statement was recorded  by Nyawira at the Shimoni police station in Lunga lunga  sub-county hours after he was allegedly picked up.

However,investigations have revealed that Kopf’s phone signal was last traced to Mwambao Bati village in Kwale county and has been off since then.

Kopf relocated to Kenya in 2012 and has been living with Neema who they have a six year old daughter.

On Wednesday, detectives from the DCI camped in the village trying to piece out details in the missing puzzle.

Sources close to the investigations told Baraka FM that Kopf’s wife had told detectives that her sister in law  told her that Kopf had been deported.

“She told us that she received a call from her sister in law from Germany  assuring her that Paul is ok”  the source told Baraka FM.

On Wednesday evening, more detectives landed at the Diani airport as the search for the missing German enters  its ninth day.