By Jennifer Kocher, Cowboy State Daily
The Gillette Police Department is asking for help in locating a 32-year-old woman who disappeared under what it called suspicious circumstances.
The department has issued 24 search warrants in its efforts to find Irene Gakwa and is now asking for public assistance in locating the Kenya native.
Gakwa was last seen when she made a video call to her parents on Feb. 24 and she was reported missing by her brother on March 20.
The man Gakwa was living with in Gillette has not been cooperative with detectives and is considered a person of interest in the disappearance, according to GPD Chief Chuck Deaton.
The GPD is following many leads, including one that indicates Gakwa might have been taken in a passenger vehicle or crossover SUV to a rural area, mine site or oil and gas location between Feb. 24 and March 20, Deaton said.
Gakwa’s phone is not registering on her service network and nobody has had contact with her since her video call with her parents.
“GPD’s primary goal is to facilitate Irene’s safe return but our team continues to pursue all possibilities,” Deaton said.
Gakwa is described as a 5-foot, 1-inch Black female weighing about 89 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Anyone with any information related to Gakwa’s disappearance is asked to contact the Gillette Police Department at (307) 682-5155.