Nairobi News


Missing USIU student found

The missing United States International University (USIU) Africa student Joy Ayuma has been found in good health but without a recollection of what transpired.

The 20-year-old, who went missing from her parents’ home in Nyayo Embakasi on January 22, was last week on Wednesday lured by a male friend to his house where family and friends were waiting.

Her father, Mr Ommani told Nairobi News that she has since been trying to recollect herself and has not been able to explain what happened to her.

“She has been telling us that she was in Thika the whole week that she went missing but church elders are still counselling her,” Mr Ommani  said.

Joy had lost contact with her family and friends hours after she left the house heading to the Thika Road based campus.

“Her last phone conversation was traced to have been made around Ruiru area and when days later her phone went on, she was not picking any calls apart from that of her male friend,” said her father.


The friend was then asked to convince her to come visit him and when she eventually agreed, her relatives moved in and convinced her to go back home.

“She was in a lot of fear but when the relatives talked to her and assured her that all will be well, she came home,” said Mr Ommani.

The Nairobi family has been mourning the death of Joy’s grandmother while her mother is slowly recovering from her illness.

When Joy went missing, she was meant to visit the college register to defer her semester so as to be able to attend to her ailing mother.

“We are still planning to defer the semester although the mother is getting better so as to give Joy time to recover from the trauma and recollect on what happened to her,” said her father.

The family hopes to uncover what happened to their daughter during the period he was missing and out of touch with family members.