Police Detain Rangers in British Woman’s Death
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) _ Two park rangers have been detained for questioning in the mysterious death of a British woman in a Kenya game preserve in 1988, investigators said Thursday.
The announcement was made at a news conference by British detective Graham Searle and inspector David Shipperlee.
Searle said the two rangers were first interviewed last week and again Wednesday.
″As a result of these interviews, both men have been detained by the Kenya police here in Nairobi and are assisting with inquiries into the disappearance and death of Julie Ward,″ Searle said. He refused to give the rangers’ names.
Miss Ward’s charred lower left leg and lower jaw were found in the Masai Mara Game Reserve on Sept. 13, 1988, a week after she had reportedly left the famed game park.
The government contended the 28-year-old wildlife photography enthusiast had been eaten by animals in the sprawling park. But Miss Ward’s father pressed for a continued investigation. After a 23-day inquest last year in Kenya, a court ruled Miss Ward was murdered.
Searle and Shipperlee arrived in Kenya about three weeks ago, and Searle said they had interviewed about 40 people. He said a $15,348 reward for information leading to a conviction in Miss Ward’s death still stood.
Kenya law prohibits identification of suspects until they are arraigned. However, the law permits detention in capital offense cases for up to 14 days without a court appearance.