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How online love ended in agony for Kenyan woman in US

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By Judith Gicobi

Ms Irene Gakwa’s objective when she landed in the United States in 2019 was clear: she wanted to learn.
The 32-year-old has gone missing, and police in Gillette, Wyoming, are investigating what transpired and where she could be.

In February, she went missing, and her husband, Mr Nathan Hightman, 38, was detained in relation with her missing. Gillette police officers arrested Mr. Hightman on May 10.

Mr Hightman was not collaborating with detectives, according to the police. She was also being driven in a gray or silver Subaru Crosstrek with Idaho license plates.

They asked citizens to contact them if they spotted the car which “has been trespassing on private property or appearing out of place since February 24”.

According to queries to the family and the authorities in the United States, Ms Gakwa’s connection with Mr Hightman had soured, and she had notified her relatives in the US about it.

Mr Hightman and Ms Gakwa purportedly met on an internet dating site and decided to live together. They then relocated to Gillette, Wyoming, from Idaho.

Mr Hightman allegedly used Ms Gakwa’s money to buy for items and pay bills at his residence, according to detectives.

Mr Chris Gakwa, her brother, told a local daily that the family feels something terrible may have happened to her. “We have reason to believe that something terrible might have happened since she instantly went silent after talking to her parents based in Kenya on February 24,” Mr Gakwa said.

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The family has set up a Facebook group called Find Irene Gakwa, and has requested the public to provide any information that would assist them locate their relative.

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