Kenyan-born Bahraini athlete Damaris Muthee Mutua has been found dead in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County.
The decomposing body of the 24-year-old athlete was discovered at a house in Lilies estate within Iten on Tuesday.
Keiyo North Police commander Tom Makori said Damaris, a long-distance runner, was last seen in the company of her Ethiopian boyfriend within the town.
Preliminary investigations indicate that the deceased had visited her boyfriend at his rented house at Lilies estate, located just a kilometer from Iten police station.
“We are waiting for the scene of crime unit to process the scene which is a rented house. Even neighbors did not know about the incident because it was the police acting on information received about the killing,” Makori said as quoted by Nation.
Police believe the boyfriend fled to Ethiopia after committing the offense several days ago. He is said to have phoned a friend in Iten informing him of the incident, and he, in turn, alerted police.
“We have every reason to believe the boyfriend is the one who committed the act because he has since fled the country and there is a body in his house,” Makori added.