A medal-winning Youth Olympian was killed on the weekend, changing into the second runner to die within the city prior to now six months.
A Kenyan-born Bahraini athlete was discovered lifeless in her native nation on Tuesday, an incident that has revived reminiscences of the killing final yr of record-breaking distance runner Agnes Tirop in the identical city.
Damaris Muthee Mutua’s physique was found on the planet well-known working hub of Iten in western Kenya and police stated they’ve launched a manhunt for her Ethiopian boyfriend.
Mutua, 28, competed for Kenya as a junior athlete and received two bronze medals on the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore and the East African junior athletics championships in Khartoum, earlier than switching her allegiance to Bahrain.
“According to Mutua’s immediate neighbour, her boyfriend was seen in the house on Sunday morning. It’s likely that the incident happened late Saturday or early Sunday since the body was in a state of decomposition,” county police chief Tom Makori instructed AFP.
“We have launched a manhunt for the Ethiopian who is believed to have fled the country.”
The sleepy farming city of Iten, a high-altitude endurance coaching centre for high athletes, hit the headlines in October when Tirop was discovered stabbed to dying in her residence.
The killing of Tirop, a rising star in long-distance working and a two-time World Championship bronze medallist, despatched shockwaves throughout the nation and the athletics world.
Tirop’s estranged husband Emmanuel Ibrahim Rotich has been charged together with her homicide and stays in custody however he has denied the accusations in opposition to him.
A bail listening to for Rotich has been postponed a number of occasions and it has now been set for April 27.