Gift Mumbi Kamau, a third-year student at the Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri, has been missing since Thursday, March 30, 2017.
Sadly though for the family, the search has come to an end. According to St. Louis police, Gift’s body was discovered floating in the Mississippi River by barge workers Saturday.
St. Louis police notified Madison Police Chief Chris Burns Saturday that they had found a body matching the description of Kamau, who had been reported missing by her parents. The body was recovered about 12:15 a.m. near the foot of Gasconade Street by the St. Louis Fire Department.
The St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office was able to identify her body through dental records, Burns said.
Police believe she committed suicide. Burns said a suicide note was found. Footage from a surveillance camera showed her walking across the Chain of Rocks Bridge around midday on March 30, and tracking dogs had lost her trail at the bridge. She left behind her cellphone, bank cards and cash.
Land and water searches were fruitless.
Friends and family had believed she was attending St. Louis University and that she had left that morning to go to class, but the school said she last attended in December 2015. Burns said he believed there had been an issue with her grades, but that she had not told her parents that she was no longer attending the school
Gift has two younger siblings – a little sister and a little brother. They will miss her terribly.
The family is seeking your support and has set up a GOFUNDME Account to fund raise for funeral expenses.
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