A woman who drowned along with her male friend in a dam in Juja, Kiambu county last week, is yet to be identified.
Juja sub-county police commander Philis Muthoni said her relatives have not yet come forth to claim the body following the incident at Titanic Dam situated along the Kimbo-Kiganjo Road, four kilometres off Thika Superhighway.
The two who were having fun inside their Nissan X-Trail car drowned when it slipped into the dam’s deep waters on the night of Tuesday, January 17.
“Her fingerprints have been taken in efforts to trace her identity through the registration of persons department, but so far we have information on her,” Muthoni said.
Her male friend was identified by relatives as Tirus Maina, a 39-year-old contractor based in Thika and who lived with his family in Makongeni estate.
Crowds of revellers have been visiting the site which is popular with fun-loving couples even as police imposed restrictions on members of the public.
The Juja police commander confirmed that on Sunday police had to disperse a group that was enjoying their drinks inside cars next to the scenic water body.
According to Kiambu County fire and rescue employees, the dam has claimed the lives of more than 50 people in two years.
Residents say that many of those removed from the dam drowned as they tried to swim while others were killed elsewhere and bodies dumped there.
Rescuers told journalists that more than 50 bodies have been retrieved from the same dam since 2021.
“The area was once fenced off by the county government, but we do not know who later removed the fence,” a diver who did not want to be named stated.
Muthoni had earlier warned that police will not allow anyone in the dam precincts after 6 pm.
“We shall intensify police patrols in the area and ensure people do not stay there after dawn. We have collected many bodies of people who have drowned in that dam at night,” she said.
The drowned couple, said to be lovers, were reported to have spent the evening together having fun inside their car parked on the dam’s edge before tragedy struck around 9.30 pm.
Witnesses said the man, who was on the driver’s wheel attempted to reverse the car, but appeared to change his mind and engaged drive gears before plunging into the dam.
It was also reported that the body of the woman who was in her early 20s was half naked while that of her companion was stark naked when pulled out of the water.
Residents narrated how merrymakers use the open space around the dam as a recreational area where booze and drugs are consumed with abandon, as well as sexual escapades.
Sometime last year, two students of the Nairobi Institute of Business Studies (NIBS) drowned in the dam while swimming.