The county of Tharaka Nithi was caught up in a wave of shocking news last week when news broke that two students from Chief Mbogori Girls High School were missing. The students, Michelle Wanjiru, from Kasarani and Caroline Muteti from Mwala in Machakos, had gone missing just a day after opening school. The students were apparently sent back home after reporting to school late on September 4th, the school opening day. According to the school, students are supposed to report to the school latest by 3pm.

However, the two girls were part of a group of seven girls who reported to the school as late as 7pm. The school then sent the girls back home the following day for reporting late. Now that’s where the story gets interesting. Apparently, the girls didn’t have enough fare to get them back home and the school supposedly didn’t bother to find out. The School principal, Mrs. Ruth Mutua said, “We sent the girls home and notified their parents through short text messages that their daughters had been sent home for reporting late only to learn that the two form one girls did not arrive home.”

That’s when the case escalated and a formal missing person’s report was filed at the Chogoria Police Station. The police officers however also pointed fingers at the school for not cooperating with the authorities in locating the two girls. They accused the school of withholding information including the two girls’ photos, a crucial information that was critical to the investigation.

After the widespread media attention that the incident drew its way, the authorities and the school have been forced to initiate a widespread search for the two girls.

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After 12 days of intense investigations, the two girls were found in Kariobangi in Nairobi. Johnstone Kabusia, Maara Sub County Police Commander said “The form one students from Chief Mbogori Girls’ who had been missing for 12 days, have been found in Kariobangi estate in Nairobi in good health.” The girls have been taken to Kayole Police Station.