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Missing Kenyan student – Gift Kamau – committed suicide, say Missouri Police

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Missing Kenyan student – Gift Kamau – committed suicide, say Missouri Police

Missing Kenyan student – Gift Kamau – committed suicide, say Missouri Police
May 17
19:40 2017

A young Kenyan woman who has been missing for close to two months committed suicide, Madison County Police in the state of Missouri have said.

The body of Gift Kamau, a 20-year-old Kenyan college student who had been missing since March 30 was discovered floating in the Mississippi River by barge workers Saturday, according to Madison Police Chief, Chris Burns.

“We found a suicide note,”  Mr Burns said in a statement that shook the Kenyan community in Missouri Wednesday.

St. Louis police notified Burns Saturday that they had found a body matching the description of Kamau, who had been reported missing by her parents. The body was recovered about 12:15 a.m. near the foot of Gasconade Street by the St. Louis Fire Department.

The St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office was able to identify her body through dental records, Burns said.

Footage from a surveillance camera showed her walking across the Chain of Rocks Bridge around midday on March 30, and tracking dogs had lost her trail at the bridge. She left behind her cellphone, bank cards and cash.

Land and water searches were fruitless.

Friends and family had believed she was attending St. Louis University and that she had left that morning to go to class, but the school said she last attended in December 2015. Burns said he believed there had been an issue with her grades, but that she had not told her parents that she was no longer attending the school.

Mumbi, who was the daughter of Sammy and Catherine Kamau of Florissant, Missouri, had been missing since Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Close family friends sent out the following statement Wednesday:

”Sadly, Gift has been found – she was recovered from the Mississippi River and her family have just been notified. Our hearts are so heavy as we continue to stand by her family while they go through this difficulty of planning a funeral for their beloved daughter. Please continue to show your support morally and financially. Let’s help her parents lay her to rest. Thank you.”

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