On January 16, one family in Nyamira was treated to a mix of shock and surprise after a girl who had reportedly gone missing eight months ago and thought to be dead resurfaced.

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Jeliah Kerubo, 15, an orphan living with uncle went missing after getting waylaid by a stranger who got her pregnant one evening in 2019  while she was on her way to a nearby shopping centre where she had been sent.

 When journalists visited her uncle Daniel Mokoro's (her uncle) home in Kiabonyoru village in Borabu Constituency last week on Friday,  the compound was full of activities as neighbours, and friends visited them to see the "missing" girl who came back with a little girl. 

Mokoro,who is also a director at Sang'anyi Tea Factory said he felt at peace when the girl called him on December 31. 

"I didn't trust my ears, to be certain,  I handed over the phone to my wife (Ruth Monyangi) to talk to the lady on the other endwho claimed to be our daughter Jeliah. After a lengthy chat, my wife confirmed indeed it was Jeliah", said Mokoro, a retired KDF officer. 

Eight months after her disappearance,  a decomposed and charred body of a lady was retrieved from Eng'enta manhole in a nearby Egentubi village.He said that the body size of Jeliah was tall and slender unlike the one found which was short and chubby.

Nyamira North Sub County  police commander Patrick Ngeiywa said investigations could commence to ascertain whether due process was followed to bury the presumed Jeliah and whether an exhumation  would be done now that Jeliah is alive.