Surveillance cameras have revealed the last happenings before the vehicle which was retrieved on Friday plunged into the ocean and sunk at the Likoni channel.
The vehicle which reversed from MV Harambee's prow on September 29 was pulled out on Friday, bringing to an end a 13-day wait for Kenyans and agony for relatives.
CCTV footages have revealed that at the time of the incident, the girl, Amanda Mutheu, was playing on the lap of her mother Mariam Kigenda. Both have been confirmed dead.
The footages indicate that Mariam was on the drivers seat as the vehicle suddenly jerked backwards as ita hind lights flickered, an indication of danger.
The 5-seater Toyota ISIS car was the last on the prow, and appears to have plunged into the ocean headlong, judging by the position in which the two were found inside.
The two were found dead in a tight embrace in the back seat of the ill-fated vehicle, and appear to have been forced there as the car sunk head down.
The bodies were found in a decomposing but identifiable state, and were moved to the Jocham Mortuary pending a postmortem, with area OCPD Benjamin Rotich promising a probe.
“A criminal investigation will be launched tomorrow after the postmortem is conducted,” he said.
The mission was accomplished thanks to a joint team of Kenya Navy officers, private divers and South African professional divers.