Kenyan mother and daughter found dead in a van in Finland

for Tv47 Digital February 16, 2023, 05:52 AM
Catherine and Michelle Anyango dead in Finland
The mother-daughter business duo of Catherine and Michelle Anyango. They were found dead inside the van trailer on Thursday last week. PHOTOS/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Catherine Anyango and her daughter Michelle ran a mobile food business in Finland. 
  • They were found dead after missing for five days, with their demise suspected to be as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Mystery surrounds the sudden death of a Kenyan mother and her daughter in Tahko, Finland.

The bodies of Catherine Anyango and her daughter Michelle were found inside their van at the main parking lot of the resort town on Thursday, February 9.

They had been reported missing for about five days, reports Finnish newspaper iltaleht, prompting a police search.

Michelle and Catherine Anyango proudly displayed the Kenyan flag while selling the delicacies in Finland. PHOTO | JOHNSON;TWITTER

Tahkovuori (or simply Tahko) is a resort town 450 kilometres from the country’s capital Helsinki.

“The matter is being investigated as a cause of death investigation, meaning that no crime is suspected,” reports iltaleht.

The duo owned a food cart company and specialized in ‘ethnic’ food including Samosas.
It is suspected that they died of carbon monoxide poisoning after retiring to their van in the below freezing Tahko temperatures.

They moved from town to town, selling the unique cuisine. Data shows there are about 50,000 Africans living in Finland. 

Catherine and Michelle were itinerant food vendors. PHOTO | COURTESY;JOHNSON

Following the tragic deaths, the family is calling on well-wishers to assist in repatriating the bodies home for burial. [The Mpesa paybill number is 40019796, Account: Christine Aluoch]. 

“This is sad. Sad sad," mourns Winnie Elizabeth. "Winter takes away lives when everyone trying to get warm forgetting about fresh air circulation and Monoxide poisoning." 

Below freezing temperatures in Tahkovuori, Finland where the mother-daughter pair died. PHOTO | ILTALEHT

“Sad indeed...must have been extremely challenging what they were going through," adds Mwangi Gichingiri. "May they rest easy. Personal experience...Life in Finland was tough...if you survive that country, with a family, then you can survive anywhere!”

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