After world record runner Agnes Jebet Tirop was found stabbed to death at home, her husband was named as a suspect.
Following the discovery of late Kenyan Olympic star Agnes Tirop’s body, police are treating her husband as a suspect.
The 25-year-old, a two-time bronze medalist at the World Athletics Championships, was found with stab wounds in her stomach at her house on Wednesday.
According to the BBC, crime scene investigators were at Tirop’s home, with police saying that she had been reported missing by her father on Tuesday night.
“When [police]came in the residence, they found Tirop on the bed and a puddle of blood on the floor,” said Tom Makori, the area’s police chief.
“They noticed she’d been stabbed in the neck, which led us to conclude it was a knife wound, and we believe that’s what killed her.”
“Her spouse is still on the loose, and preliminary investigations indicate that he is a suspect because he has not been located.”
“Police are looking for her husband so he can explain what happened to Tirop,” says the officer.
Makori also claims that cops believe the house’s CCTV could aid their probe.
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Kenyan athletics reported that the star, who placed fourth in the 5,000m final at the Tokyo Olympics two months ago, has died.
“It is unsettling, absolutely regrettable, and extremely sad that we have lost a young and talented athlete who, at the tender age of 25 years, had brought our country so much glory,” Kenyatta added.
“It’s much more heartbreaking that Agnes, a Kenyan hero in every way, wasted her young life as a result of a criminal crime committed by selfish and cowardly people.”
“I strongly urge our law enforcement officials to find and apprehend the perpetrators guilty for Agnes’ death so that they can face the full force of the law.”
In Germany last month, Tirop set the world record for a women’s only 10km road race.
Sebastian Coe, Britain’s former double Olympic champion and current World Athletics president, paid tribute to Tirop, calling her “one of the world’s top female distance runners over the previous six years.”
“In the most terrible circumstances, athletics has lost one of its brightest rising stars,” he remarked.
“This is a devastating blow to the entire sports community, but especially to her family, friends, and Athletics Kenya, and I extend my heartfelt sympathies to them all.”