Keiyo North Sub County Police Commander Tom Makori advised AFP that Tirop’s husband Emmanuel Rotich was the topic of a police hunt.
“The suspect had made a call to Tirop’s parents saying that he’d committed something wrong. So we believe he knows what happened,” mentioned Makori.
Makori supplied additional particulars of Tirop’s dying in an interview with CNN affiliate, Nation TV.
“When police went to Tirop’s house, they found her in bed with blood under the bed and a lot of it on the floor,” Makori mentioned.
“When police looked at the body, it looked like she had been stabbed on the neck with what we suspect to be a knife.”
In a tweet on Wednesday, Kenya’s National Police Service (NPS) mentioned Tirop was the sufferer of a “heinous crime” and promised “speedy and comprehensive investigations.”
Tirop received bronze medals within the 10,000m on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships and completed 4th within the 5,000m on the Tokyo Games.
Last month, the 25-year-old made historical past by taking 28 seconds off the long-standing, women-only world file for 10km on the Adizero Road To Records occasion in Germany.
Tirop completed in a time of 30:01, breaking the earlier file of 30:29, which had been set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
Following the race, she mentioned, “I’m so happy to have broken the world record. I felt the pace was good. The course was very good, too.”
At the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Tirop grew to become the second-youngest ever gold medalist within the ladies’s race after Zola Budd.
Athletics Kenya mentioned the nation had “lost a jewel who was one of the fastest-rising athletics giants on the international stage, thanks to her eye-catching performances.”
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe additionally paid tribute to one of many sport’s “brightest young stars.”
“This is a terrible blow to the entire athletics community, but especially to her family, her friends and Athletics Kenya and I send them all our most heartfelt condolences.”