Former SLU student goes missing

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“Brave the rise and fall.” These are the words poised above Gift Mumbi Kamau’s Instagram profile. In every picture, she smiles. Kamau has been missing for a week now; that smile is nowhere to be found.

According to KMOX, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Tursday, March 30, Kamau was last spotted crossing the side of the Chain of Rocks bridge through surveillance footage.

Although no one has been able to locate Kamau since Tursday afternoon, her gold-colored Toyota Corolla was spotted near the bridge in Madison County Tursday afternoon. As reported, Kamau waited for a moment inside the car and then proceeded to walk toward the Missouri-end of the bridge.

KMOX reported that twenty-year-old Kamau is of Kenyan descent and fivefoot-three-inches tall with a thin build.

Despite conflicting reports, Kamau has not been enrolled at Saint Louis University since December of 2015. The University registrar commented: “The Office of the University Registrar confirmed via release of directory information, Gift Kamau was a student at Saint Louis University from August 15, 2014 until December 19, 2015.”

Some reports claimed that Kamau was on her way to class, but this cannot be confirmed. There was online speculation that Kamau may have been stressed out by school, but friends denied this case. Her mother, whom Kamau lives with in Florissant, Missouri, saw no indication that things were not right with Kamau.

Her friend of twelve years, Abiola Mosuro, said this about Kamau: “Gift is a great person and an amazing friend. We are all keeping her and her family in our prayers.” Several other friends denied to comment.

Kamau worked at Kakao Chocolate in Clayton. She also attended Jesus House Church with her family sometime in the past. At the time of writing, neither Kakao Chocolate nor Jesus House have returned requests for comment.

Crews searched a small portion of the Mississippi River that ran under the bridge, but did not find the body of Kamau. Foul play is not suspected by Madison County police; however, suicide has not yet been ruled out.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Gift Mumbi Kamau, please call the Madison Police Department at 618- 876-4300, St. Louis County Police at 314-889-2341 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371- 8477.