The decomposing body of a Kenyan woman was discovered in her house in Austell, Georgia, Friday after she did not report for work for four consecutive days, prompting her colleagues to raise the alarm.
Anne Wairimu Maina is believed to to have died on Tuesday last week, according to a source at the Cobb county coroner’s office who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“The body was in a bad shape by the time we arrived at the scene and must have been lying in the house for at least four days,” said the source.
Family sources told ksnmedia.com that Ms Maina came to the US in 1999 and was working at Cobb Hospital in the Hospice Department.
Asked whether they suspected any foul play, she said: “All I can tell you is that she had medical issues.”
Cobb county authorities said that Ms Maina’s colleagues at work got worried when she did not show up for three days and they reported the matter to the police.
A neighbor who did not wish to be identified said that Ms Maina kept to herself and as a very private person.”
“Unlike other Kenyans I know, she did not associate herself with her community and kept to herself. She was very private,” she said.
“She has no relatives here other than her son who is in jail,” said one of her colleagues at the hospice.
According to Ms Christine Muchene, a Community organizer based in Atlanta Georgia, few Kenyans knew the deceased.
“It is clear she did not associate much with the Kenyan community here and she has no available kin. That is perhaps the reason the police and the Coroner’s office were happy to see me volunteer,” said Ms Muchene, who has been trying to help Ms Maina’s daughter get travel documents to enable her travel from Kenya to the US for her mother’s cremation.deceased.
” I am in communication with Anne Maina’s daughter back in Kenya. I got her documents from the medical examiner and the investigating officer to confirm her mother is dead,” wrote Ms Muchene in a Closed Facebook Group.
“She will take them to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nairobi so they can facilitate an early visa appointment with the American Embassy,” added Ms Muchene.
Anne Maina’s house in Austell, Georgia where her decomposing body was found. PHOTO|FILE
According to the daughter, it was Anne’s wish that her body be given for research in one of the US universities. However, she did not ‘meet’ their time frame of 24 hrs and authorities at the university said they could not take the decomposing body.
Quoting family sources, Ms Muchene said the deceased had also expressed her wish that she be cremated should the university not use some of her organs for research. “So I think we will now go with Plan B,” she told Ksnmedia.com.
Muchene appealed to Kenyans in the US not to isolate themselves. “If you don’t belong to any Kenyan group, please do so today. Like them or hate them, Kenyans are the people who will come to your aid in dire times ,” she said.