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Kenyan secretly buried in US: Exhumation hearing starts in Texas

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

The pre-trial hearing for the exhumation of Dorothy Ong’era, a US-based Kenyan who died under mysterious circumstances, started in Dallas, Texas, yesterday.

According to reports, Mr Obadiah Kinara, who has previously resisted the exhumation of his girlfriend Ms Ong’era, was missing in court and was not represented.

Judge Brooke Allen asked lawyers who had previously appeared for Mr Kinara whether they had served him the hearing date. They said they did before withdrawing their legal services

Ms Ongera is a Kenyan woman whose death has elicited a protracted court battle with her father demanding to know the cause of her death.

Ms Ong’era, a mother of six, died in December 2020, almost one year ago.

David Ong’era, her father is now in a court battle with the man she cohabited with, Mr Obadiah Kinara.

Mr Ong’era’s has resisted demands for the exhumation of his daughter’s body for a post-mortem to determine the cause of her death.

The court battle was initiated by Mr Ong’era after Mr Kinara rejected his demands for an independent autopsy following the mysterious death of his daughter.

Mr Kinara secretly buried Dorothy without involving her parents who live in the same Tarrant County, Texas.

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