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Woman charged with mother's murder in Travis County arrested in Tanzania

The woman was found in a home near Onion Creek after a neighbor called reporting that packages were piling up at the home's door.

AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Marshals announced on Feb. 14 that Kathleen Wylumva Ngongoseke, 27, who is accused of killing her mother, Catherine Lyamvi Ngongoseke, in Travis County, has now been arrested in the Republic of Tanzania.

Travis County Sheriff's Office officials said Kathleen Ngongoseke fled the country and they were working with the host country in an effort to get her back to the U.S. She has been charged with murder.

TCSO said deputies first responded to a South Austin home on Buffalo Ridge Drive, near Onion Creek, on the morning of Dec. 9 after receiving a welfare call from a neighbor in the area. The neighbor told the sheriff's office that boxes being delivered were starting to pile up in from of the house and they were concerned something could be wrong with the resident.

Deputies arrived and entered the residence to find Catherine Ngongoseke, 60, of California, dead in the home, according to TCSO Senior Public Information Officer Kristen Dark. Ngongoseke had multiple stab wounds. Responding officials contacted the Criminal Investigations Unit to work the scene.

Law enforcement in the Republic of Tanzania arrested her on an immigration violation in December. U.S. Marshals traveled to Dar es Salaam and took custody of Ngongoseke at Julius Nyerere International Airport on Feb. 7 and arrived back in the U.S. a day later. She was placed in custody at a local jail facility in New York until she can be extradited back to Texas. Her bond is set at $500,000.   

Dark said this was the 11th homicide the sheriff's office has responded to in 2021.

Anyone with any information on the case is asked to contact the TCSO at 512-854-1444 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 512-472-8477.

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