By Wanja Waweru
An appeal has been made by a Kenyan family residing in London, United Kingdom, in search of information concerning the whereabouts of their daughter who has been missing for three weeks.
The evening of December 5, Maureen Gitau, 24, was last seen leaving her home in Lewisham, Southeast London.
Her friends and relatives reported her missing on December 10 after making unsuccessful attempts to contact her for five days, according to the Metropolitan Police.
Jane, Maureen’s mother, said it was difficult for the family to celebrate Christmas without her and that she is “desperate” for daughter to come back.
“It is so hard not to have Maureen at home with us, especially at Christmas. Maureen is much-loved and is such an important part of our lives,” Jane said.
“We are desperate to have her back home with us. If anyone knows where Maureen is, let us know. Maureen – please come home to us.”
The police said there is no evidence that Maureen has “come to any harm,” but the longer she remains missing and out of contact, “the more concern grows amongst her family and friends.”
“Since Maureen was reported missing a great deal of work has gone into trying to locate her including speaking to those who know Maureen, mobile phone work and checking any known addresses Maureen could have links to,” a detective identified as Sergeant Clare Espline said in a statement issued on Saturday, December 24.
“Unfortunately, this work has yet to lead to us locating her. If you can help us find Maureen then please get in contact immediately.