Kenyan Police Launch Murder Investigation into the Death of BBC Employee

Police in Kenya on Nov. 22 launched a murder investigation into the death of a British woman who worked for BBC’s international development charity.

Police discovered the body of Kate Mitchell, who was a senior manager at BBC Media Action, shortly after an emergency alarm was activated in her hotel room in capital Nairobi on Nov. 19.

According to the police, the window to her eighth-floor room had been smashed into pieces and the body of a man Mitchell had been with earlier was found on the ground outside her hotel.

“The suspected culprit… jumped off the eighth floor of the hotel through the room’s window after sensing that the hotel security might be after him,” Nairobi Regional Police Commander Augustine Nthumbi told reporters.

Nthumbi said that the motive is not yet known as the investigation is ongoing.

It is believed that Mitchell’s death was not linked to her work for BBC Media Action, which focuses on addressing inequality around the world using media and communication.

Mitchell’s brother, Peter, said that their family is working with the Foreign Office and with her colleagues at the charity to try to understand what happened.

BBC Media Action Chief Executive Caroline Nursey said in a statement that the charity was “shocked and horrified” to hear of Mitchell’s death.

“Kate was a much-loved member of staff, and was well known across our whole organization, especially by our teams in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zambia, and London,” Nursey said.

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