Police are treating Agnes Jebet Tirop’s husband as “the prime suspect” after the world 10km record holder star was found dead in her house at the free-area in Iten, Egeyo Marakwet County on Wednesday morning.
The crime scene investigators were at Tirop’s home – with police saying she had been reported missing by her father the night before. “When the police officers 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, said.
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. “Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich who is her husband is still at large, and preliminary investigations tell us Rotich is a suspect because he cannot be found. Police are trying to find him so he can explain what happened to Tirop.”
Rotich has been acting as Tirop’s coach but their has had many challenges and it is believed they were not staying in the same as Rotich had moved out.
The President Uhuru Kenyatta sent the message of condolence and comfort to the family, friends, relatives, and the athletics fraternity; the President mourned Agnes as a Kenyan hero and champion whose death is a big blow to the country’s sporting ambitions and profile.
“I urge our law enforcement agencies led by the National Police Service to track down and apprehend the criminals responsible for the killing of Agnes so that they can face the full force of the law,” the Head of State directed.
The Head of State, who is out of the country on an official visit of the US, prayed for God’s grace and calm for the family, friends, relatives and supporters of Agnes Tirop as they come to terms with the athlete’s shocking death.