Kenyan world record holder Agnes Tirop has been found allegedly stabbed to death at her home in the western town of Iten as police search for her husband as a suspect.
“When [police] got in the house, they found Tirop on the bed and there was a pool of blood on the floor,” Tom Makori, head of police for the area, told reporters.
“They saw she had been stabbed in the neck, which led us to believe it was a knife wound, and we believe that is what caused her death,” Makori further said.
Sources also told BBC Sports that Tirop, 25, had a stab wound to her stomach.
Tirop’s father reported her missing on Oct. 12 night.
A criminal investigation into Tirop’s death is ongoing as police search for her husband who has gone missing.
“Her husband is still at large, and preliminary investigations tell us her husband is a suspect because he cannot be found. Police are trying to find her husband so he can explain what happened to Tirop,” Makori said.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta urged the National Police Service (NPS) of Kenya “to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible… so that they can face the full force of the law.”
NPS assured the public of a “speedy and comprehensive investigations,” describing the crime as “heinous.”
Athletics Kenya said in a statement that they were “distraught” to hear about Tirop’s death, saying that the east African country “has lost a jewel.”
The Kenyan Olympic Team also expressed “utter shock and sadness,” extending condolences to Tirop’s family and to Kenyan athletes.
Tirop broke the women-only record in the 10-kilometer road race in Germany last month, timing 30:01.
Tirop also finished fourth in the 5,000-meter race at the Tokyo Olympics.
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