- Irene is reported to have gone missing in February with her family last seeing her in a video call from the US
- Irene’s husband, Nathan Hightman, was arrested for using her bank details, which he used to pay bills and shop
- Her family in Kenya have called on the police to make haste in their investigation since they fear something horrible might have happened
The police in Gillette, Wyoming, have arrested an American, Nathan Hightman, in connection with the disappearance of Irene Gakwa.
Irene Gakwa, a 32-year-old Kenyan, has been missing since February, and the police in Gillette are trying to unravel what happened and where she is.
“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,” Chris Gakwa, his brother said.
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Chris said they had received disturbing messages from her phone, which they have since handed over to the police.
Her father called on the police to conduct a faster investigation stating that Hightman knew about her disappearance.
“If he had closed her social media accounts, he would have been using bank details that belong to my daughter. What else are we looking for?” said her father, Francis Gakwa.
The Nation reported that Gakwa’s relationship with Hightman had become strained, and she had told her family members in the US about it.
Gakwa and Hightman allegedly met on an online dating platform and agreed to live together before moving from the state of Idaho to Gillette, Wyoming.
Hightman is reported to have used Gakwa’s credit cards after her family had reported her missing to the police, which he had initially denied doing.
However, he was captured leaving a supermarket where Gakwa’s bank details were used to purchase various things and pay bills at home.
Not cooperating with detectives
Hightman, 38, was arrested on Tuesday, May 10, for her disappearance after a video call with her family. Hightman reported resisting cooperation with the police.
“Hightman has declined an interview request from the Gillette police department. Information obtained through investigation suggests that she went missing under suspicious circumstances. She was last seen in a video call made to her parents on February 24,” the police said.
The family has opened a Facebook page, Find Irene Gakwa, and the public has been asked to share any information that would help the family find their relative.
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