After a week of anguish, the family of Purity Wanjiru Muchiri can finally breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that she is still alive. Wanjiru caused widespread panic when she went missing in Dubai and sent a distress message to a family member, indicating that she was not okay.
The mystery deepened when a mysterious number called a relative to inform them that Wanjiru had been found outside a supermarket, injured. The family of Purity Wanjiru Muchiri now has every reason to smile after the young woman was found alive.
Wanjiru had been declared missing on Thursday, November 2, after sending a distress message to a family member. In the WhatsApp message, Wanjiru alluded to the fact that she was on the verge of dying, after which she stopped picking up calls. The text read, “I might die today, good luck,” sparking concern among her kin and the Kenyan community in Dubai.
Three days later, a caller with an Arabic accent contacted her family members, reporting that Wanjiru had been picked up outside a supermarket while injured. The caller disclosed that at the time of picking her up, Wanjiru was crying and hurt to the point she couldn’t even stand on her own.
Subsequent attempts to reach her proved futile as her phones were switched off. When the family reported to the Dubai police, they were informed that the case could only be treated as a missing person report, with instructions to call 999 if she was in trouble.
Fearing the worst, friends and fellow Kenyan expatriates mobilized to form a search party. The Kenyan community took to social media, sharing her pictures and details of her disappearance, creating a campaign that quickly gained momentum.
In a story with a happy ending, Wanjiru was found after Kenyans in Dubai joined hands and searched until they located her. Her brother, Wilson Nyagah, shared with TUKO.co.ke that the young lady was with a friend as they sought ways to reunite her with her family. “She has been found, but she is mentally disturbed. Looks like she is still in shock,” he explained. The incident highlighted the strength and unity of the Kenyan community abroad when one of their own is in trouble.