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Family of Kenyan woman who disappeared in US desperate for justice

The family of Ms Irene Gakwa, the Kenyan woman who went missing in the US last year, has now petitioned the Governor of Wyoming Mr Mark Gordon in their quest for answers to their kin’s puzzling disappearance.

The family delivered its petition through, Gakwa’s brother, Mr Kennedy Wainaina.

The 33-year-old woman was last seen in February 2022 and was reported missing in March.

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“This letter is to request your administration to take steps in shedding light on the efforts made this far in searching for Ms Irene Gakwa last seen by family on a video call on February 24, 2022 and later reported missing in March 2022,” a letter addressing the governor reads in part.

Currently, Mr Nathan Hightman who was Ms Gakwa’s boyfriend is fighting a case in court linked to the disappearance.

Mr Hightman has been charged with five cases of felonies all related to the disappearance of the Kenyan woman who was a nursing student.

Mr Hightman is also being accused of draining Ms Gakwa’s bank account. He also deleted her email account and changed her banking password.

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Ms Gakwa travelled to the US from Kenya in 2019 for studies as well as staying close to her other siblings. She met Mr Hightman in a dating site.

Last year officers attached to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) were seen recovering several boxes of evidence from the home Ms Gakwa last lived.

The search warrants have been sealed in district court and no information is forthcoming as to what evidence initiated the second investigation of the couple’s home.

The FBI laboratory results are still pending, according to Brent Wasson, Gillette deputy chief of police.

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