Family of missing Kenyan-American Keegan Oyugi calls for investigation to be moved to larger agency

Family of missing Kenyan-American Keegan Oyugi calls for investigation to be moved to larger agency

MINNETRISTA, Minn. – The family of Keegan Oyugi who has been missing since June 12 has demanded that the Minnetrista Police Department hand over the case to a larger agency such as the Hennepin County Sheriff’s department.

26-year-old Oyugi was last seen driving a red Ford Mustang in the Prior Lake area that had Kansas license plates. He was heading home to St. Bonifacius according to a text he sent his brother at 4:30am on June 12. The Minnetrista Police Department has jurisdiction over St. Bonifacius which does not have a police department.

The family made the demand during a press conference organized by the Minnesota Kenyan Association and Minnesota United outside the Minnetrista Police Department on Wednesday afternoon.

The parents of Keegan Oyugi, Richard and Mirriam Oyugi of Wichita, Kansas said the lone detective at the Minnetrista Police Department has not been forthcoming with information and cited a lack of movement in the case.

“I knew something was wrong when Keegan did not call me to wish me happy birthday which is unusual of him,” said his mother Mirriam Oyugi.

Keegan Oyugi has been missing since June 12, 2021

“Our son has been missing for the last 12 days, we can’t completely understand what is going on,” said his father, Richard Oyugi.

The parents, flanked by a tearful Reagan Oyugi, Keegan’s younger brother echoed calls by the Kenyan community leaders at the press conference that the investigation be moved to an agency with more resources.

Since he went missing, Minnesota United, a volunteer search and rescue group, has guided the Kenyan community in conducting a near daily search in the Chaska area where his cellphone was last pinged about.

“I want to find him, I want to know what happened to him and am sure someone out there knows what’s going on,” the mother said.

How you can help find Keegan Oyugi

The Minnesota Kenyan Association and Minnesota United are urging the community to follow the Minnesota United Facebook page to stay abreast of search missions and other efforts.

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Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Mshale which has been reporting on the news and culture of African immigrants in the United States since 1995. He has a BA in Business from Metro State University and a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dish Network satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as the first Black President of the Board of Directors at Books for Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. He has previously served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. An avid runner, he retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on training for half marathons.

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