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Family camps at riverbank to search for missing man

By | January 12th 2011


Kiambu County

A family in Thika is camping at the banks of Chania River after their relative reportedly drowned.

They have pitched tent at the banks since Saturday when Mr George Mwangi went missing.

His wife Tabitha Wanjiru said he visited her at her workplace at a quarry and expressed a desire to relax near the river.

She said she became restless when he took long to return. When she rang him, his calls went unanswered.

"He removed his clothes and shoes and left them on a rock beside the river. I, however, could not see him in the river or even in the nearby bushes. After hours of searching, I was convinced he had drowned," she said.

She said she did not suspect he committed suicide. But Mwangi’s brother, Simon Gathoga, said his brother had allegedly warned he would do something that would stun the family.

"We reported the matter to the police but they told us to wait until the body surfaces. It has not yet surfaced. No one is willing to dive into the river to look for him. Some are demanding Sh20,000 to conduct the search," said the wife.

Police probe

Thika OCPD Mr Paul Leting said they were investigating circumstances under which the man disappeared.

The officer said he could not hire divers yet, as they had not established the exact point at which the man could have fallen into the river.

As at yesterday, only a baseball cap, a pair of black trousers and a blue shirt carefully laid on a rock near the river remained as evidence that he had visited the place.

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