Who is Irene Gawka? Bio, Wiki, Age, Missing, Police Report
Irene Gawka Bio – Irene Gawka Wiki
Irene Gawka would speak to her family all the time. So they began to worry when her parents didn’t hear from her and had trouble reaching her.
Irene Gawka is 32 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
“She’s always been a daddy’s girl,” her father, Francis Kambo, told CNN in a phone interview from Gawka’s native Kenya.
CNN reports that Gawker was living in Gilette, Wyo., after moving to the U.S. from Kenya nearly three years ago with dreams of pursuing a career as a nurse.
“She was supposed to come home for Christmas this year,” her father told CNN. “I was going to buy that ticket myself for her to come if she couldn’t afford it. Now I don’t know if I’ll ever see her again.”
Gawker last spoke to her parents in Kenya on February 24, 2022, the City of Gilette said in a statement.
Her brothers reported her missing on March 20, 2022.
“Information obtained through investigation suggests Irene went missing under suspicious circumstances,” the City of Gilette said in the statement from May 11, 2022.
CNN reports that her parents had no idea she was living in Gilette or that she had moved in with Nathan J. Hightman, a man she met on a Craigslist forum.
They only learned she had been dating Hightman after her two brothers, who live in Idaho, looked through her phone records and asked a friend of hers about it, according to CNN.
When authorities began looking into her disappearance, they named Hightman as a person of interest in her missing person case, according to the City of Gilette’s statement.
He was arrested on May 10, 2022, and charged with two felony counts of theft, one felony count of unlawful use of a credit card, and two felony counts of crimes against intellectual property for allegedly stealing from Gawker, the statement says.
Hightman allegedly withdrew money from Gakwa’s checking account, changed her passwords, and deleted her email, according to an affidavit of probable cause, County 17, the Buffalo Bulletin, and a CNN report.
On February 25, 2022, he used her credit card to buy a shovel, boots, and jeans from the Gilette Walmart, the affidavit shows, according to the outlets.
He allegedly told police that he hadn’t seen Gakwa since she moved out of their house at the end of February, the affidavit says, Wyoming News, County 17, and CNN report.
He allegedly said that the last time he saw her, she had packed her belongings and had said she was leaving Gillette, according to the affidavit.
He said she got into a dark-coloured SUV and drove off, and the affidavit says County 17 reports.
He also allegedly told police that after Gawka left, he took money out of her bank account to force her to contact him when she needed funds, the affidavit states, County 17 reports.
He allegedly transferred money from her account eight times for $3,666.46; the affidavit says County 17 reports.
On June 8, 2022, Hightman pleaded not guilty and was released on a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on November 3. His attorney did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
In its statement on May 11, 2022, the City of Gilette noted that Hightman has “declined interview requests from the Gillette Police Department.”
Detectives continue to investigate.
They are asking the public for any information about a grey or silver-coloured Subaru Crosstrek with Idaho license plates “which may have been seen trespassing on private property or appearing out of place in rural areas of Campbell County between February 24, 2022, and March 20, 2022,” the statement says.
The statement says that the Gillette Police Department is also requesting information about a 55-gallon metal drum, which may have been burned and abandoned within the county.