Parents in agony as missing daughters still not found

Thursday January 14 2016

Shelmith Wanjira displays an old photo of her missing 13-year-old daughter Beatrice Nyokabi, in Nyeri town on January 13, 2016. Her daughter has been missing since December 30, 2015. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Shelmith Wanjira displays an old photo of her missing 13-year-old daughter Beatrice Nyokabi, in Nyeri town on January 13, 2016. Her daughter has been missing since December 30, 2015. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By PHILIP BWAYO
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Two families are living in agony after being unable to find their daughters who went missing.

In Trans Nzoia County, Mr Guerrino Kimotho and his wife Teresa Mumbi said they have had the most trying moment of their lives after their 12-year-old daughter Tecla Kimotho went missing on January 3.

According to Mr Kimotho, his daughter had accompanied him to the nearby St Priscilla Catholic Church for a Sunday service.

“After Mass, I told her to accompany me back to our home but she insisted on remaining behind to play with friends,” said Mr Kimotho. “After some time, she went home, where she only drank water, and rushed back, saying she was not done with playing.”

Around 3pm, the mother went to the church to fetch the Class Seven pupil so that she could prepare for the reopening of school, but found her missing.

While planning to make a report at the Kitale Police Station, the family received a text message from an anonymous person, who claimed to be with their child but did not require any ransom.

Mr Kimotho said they reported the matter and the mobile phone number was tracked. The owner of the number was summoned but he denied sending the message.

“The man later said a girl had borrowed his phone to communicate with her parents,” he said.

Elsewhere, a 13-year-old has been missing for the past two weeks.

Ms Shelmith Wanjira said she had asked her daughter Beatrice Nyokabi to help her on her coffee farm in Mweiga, Nyeri County, on December 30 last year.

“She went home, promising to be back but she never returned,” Ms Wanjira told the Nation.

“When her sister went home, Beatrice was nowhere to be found. Later, Ms Wanjira received a phone call from her gateman, who told her that Beatrice had been seen boarding a matatu to Nyeri.