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Manhunt underway for missing lovebirds suspected to be on suicide mission

Search and rescue teams are combing through the dense forest of Mount Kenya in search of a young couple that disappeared there two weeks ago.

It is suspected that Dennis Kirimi, 22, a musician, and his girlfriend Yvonne Mwenda, 21, a student at Kirinyaga Technical University, were on a suicide mission when they entered the forest on September 30.

Kenya Forest Service Senior Warden Simon Gitau said the two switched off their phones after entering the forest through the Sirimon Gate in Meru county.



They were not accompanied by a tour guide. The last time they were seen was at St Moses camp.

“The lady left a note saying that people should not search for them as they have gone to live with their maker,” Mr Gitau said.

He said they are also suspecting the couple may have conjured the suicide plot as a way of covering their tracks before going missing.

Their relatives reported their disappearance at Timau and Kirinyaga police stations prompting the search.


The search teams include security officers, mountaineers on foot and helicopters from Nanyuki-based Tropic Air.


Mr Gitau, a mountain rescue expert, hoped that the two will be found alive.

“The area where they disappeared has a good mobile phone network which indicates that the disappearance could be deliberate,” he said.

He said that the search will continue as no human being should disappear without trace.

Anyone with information on the missing couple can get in touch with the family through telephone numbers: 0733547041 / 0721117631 / 0722752470