By Nicholas Anyuor
It is now13 years since their sister left home never to return, but the family still believe she is alive and well.
Linet Akoth Odida left her home in Sota village, West Kadem Location in Migori County in 1999 after a slight disagreement with her siblings and has never communicated with them ever since.
She left home a bitter woman after accusing her siblings of failing to ensure she proceeded with her studies after she completed her Form Four education. Her parents had died after she completed school.
The last time the family heard about Akoth was in 2003, when she sent her clothes home on a bus from Mombasa. The bus dropped the luggage at a relativeâs shop in Migori town with no word from her to her relatives.
The luggage contained her clothes, which were wrapped in a polythene bag.
They expected to at least find a note explaining when she would return home or what she was doing in Mombasa.
When the bus conductor was asked about the whereabouts of Akoth, he could not explain.
He said the luggage was given to them by a woman who paid for its delivery, adding it was difficult to know her.
Akothâs brother, Felix Otieno Odida, 28, says after they were informed about the bag, they rushed to pick it hoping it had some message from their sister.
"We found the clothes but there was nothing to tell us where she was although the bus was from Mombasa. We felt disappointed," says Otieno.