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Family Appealing For Help To Find Missing Daughter After Leaving Behind Heartbreaking Suicide Notes.

A file picture of the missing 19 year-old Margaret Muthoni.
A distraught family in Thika is desperately appealing to the members of public to help to find their 19-year-old girl who has gone missing.

Margaret Muthoni, from Kiganjo Estate and a student at Thika Garrison Secondary School went missing on Thursday 23rd March 2017, leaving behind a heartbreaking suicide note.

The girl’s mother, Ruth Gathoni, found two suicide notes in Muthoni’s bag on Friday 24th March 2017, as she (Ruth) was preparing to go to work.

In the first note, Muthoni, said: “From the time my father died, I have never had peace in my heart. We have gone through a lot of things – both bad and good. (I know it will be painful), but let me go meet my father. My siblings, I leave you behind in peace. May you live in peace, and one day, one time, help our mother. Ian and Winnie, live in peace. Do not weep on my burial day because you will make my soul not to rest in peace. I am waiting for you in heaven. Give out all my clothes to my sister. Good bye.”

In second letter, addressed to her siblings, Muthoni said: “God is there for you, my sister and brother. I would like you to achieve your goals when you grow up. Nobody has pushed me to do this (commit suicide). It is my decision (to end my life). I had good dreams, but now, henceforth, I won’t be there. Stay in love, peace, unity and harmony. Have the heart of caring and helping. I love everyone in our family.”

Ms. Gathoni claims that her daughter, who was supposed to join Form Four this year, had since October last year refused to report back to school after she was suspended due to disciplinary issues.
Thika Garrison Secondary School Principal, Elizabeth Nyambura, acknowledged that the missing student last attended school on October 27, 2016 – the day she was summoned to her office for wearing a ‘hair extension’, which was against the school’s rules.

She said that she suspended her and was expected back after two weeks, accompanied by her parents after Muthoni stormed out of the Principal’s office. Neither Muthoni nor her mother reported to the school after the suspension.

The Principal added that after the intervention of the Thika West District Education Office, she contacted Muthoni’s mother and expected the girl to report to school on January 18, accompanied by her mother.

“On January 18, we convened a meeting and waited for the two from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm but they never turned up. I asked an officer from the District Education Office to call Margaret’s mother and enquire if she was still coming but her phone was answered by a certain Elizabeth who claimed to be a sister to Margaret’s mother. She told us that Margaret and the mother had gone to a salon. That was the last time we ever heard from the family,” said the principal.

Thika West Director of Education Ronald Mbogo, said efforts to trace the girl’s whereabouts have been launched, but noted she had a truancy history.

According to Muthoni’s sister, Ann Gathoni, Muthoni never informed their mother the reason for her suspension, but only claimed that she was unwilling to return to school.

“Mum always woke her up every morning, asking her which school she wished to enrol in but she would say she doesn’t want to join any school. On Thursday, she woke and stood by the main door. When my mother asked her where she was going to, she declined to respond but instead left the house claiming to be going to register in a new school. That was the last time we ever saw her,” said Ann.

The family is now appealing to member of public who may have information about Muthoni’s whereabouts, to report to any nearby police station.

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