Actress Joyce Maina in mourning after missing body of her dad is retrieved from Meru River months after going missing

A decomposing body of a businessman who went missing four months ago has been found inside his car in a River in Embu.

The body of James Maina was pulled out of his car on Sunday at Thiba River.

He was reported missing on April 21, while driving along Mwea-Embu road. The family made a public appeal on social media groups to help trace him.

Actress Joyce Maina's father

His daughter actress Joyce Maina took to social media asking Kenyans to help her locate her father. In a message that went viral, she wrote;

“Hey guys. So I know I haven’t been 100% myself this past week and it’s because my dad has been missing since 21st April. We tried to stay positive and deal with this quietly but we need your help. Please share the poster above and the car and any information you can share will be highly appreciated.”

Maina was a businessman dealing with export of horticultural produce. He leased farms in different part of Embu and Kirinyaga where he planted horticultural produce.

During this year’s Father’s day in June, Joyce was heartbroken and penned an emotional message to her father, which read:

“Words can’t even explain how much my heart is breaking not having you with us today #happyfathersday”


The actress confirmed her father’s death through her Instagram page thanking Kenyans for their support.

Dear friends, family, and fans. My dad’s car and body were found at the bottom of a river in Embu yesterday. Its heartbreaking news but we’ve been praying for some kind of closure for a month. When I blew out my birthday candle last week that’s actually what I wished for.

She added;

“I kindly ask that you give me and my family space as we make funeral arrangements. I will share details on the place and time for those interested in attending the meetings. I can’t thank you all enough for your prayers and kind words throughout this difficult time. God bless”

A section of the family suspect foul play in his death. A police report from Embu police said a mobile phone and cash estimated to be between Sh 10,000 and Sh 20,000 were found in the dead man’s pockets. Detectives from the Special Crimes Prevention Unit had been assigned to trace the lost man.

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