Although relatives say they believe that she may have been abducted for unknown reasons, police investigators are working on the theory that she was killed by someone she knew.
Aunt Wendy Singh explained that Somai normally frequented and spent time at the parlour. So when a male relative told them that she had gone there, no one paid much attention. The relative said he was getting the child ready for bed and subsequently he fell asleep.
Singh added that he told relatives that at about 9 pm that same night, he woke up but Somai was nowhere to be seen. He then inquired from her brother her whereabouts.
“They looked outside and the lights were still on at the parlour so they assumed she was still there.
The relative went back to bed and at about 11.45 pm he again woke and discovered she was not there,” Singh added.
At that time the parlour was already closed and relatives became concerned and began to telephone her. During a frantic search for Somai, relatives discovered that she never made it to the parlour the night she was last seen alive.
“However, she was taken from the compound, the phone fell down in the gallery. They (relatives) found it at about 8 am the next morning and they knew immediately that something was wrong.”
Sharlene’s brother, Christopher Somai, 21, said relatives did not observe any strange activities the night she went missing.