Keiyo North Sub County Police Commander Tom Makori told AFP that Tirop’s husband, Emmanuel Rotich, was the target of the police hunt.
“The suspect called Tirop’s parents and said he did something wrong. So we believe he knows what happened,” Makori said.
Makori provided more details of Tirop’s death in an interview with CNN affiliate Nation TV.
“When the police went to Tirop’s house, they found her lying on the bed with blood under the bed and a lot of blood on the floor,” Makoli said.
“When the police inspected the body, her neck seemed to be stabbed by a knife we suspected.”
In a tweet on Wednesday, the Kenya National Police (NPS) called Tirop a victim of “heinous crimes” and promised to “investigate promptly and fully.”
Tirop won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, and won the 4th place in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.
Last month, the 25-year-old young man made history with a score of 28 seconds in the Adizero Road To Records event held in Germany, breaking the historic women’s 10 km world record.
Tirop finished the race at 30:01, breaking the 30:29 record set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.
After the game, she said: “I am very happy to break the world record. I think the speed is very good. The track is also very good.”
At the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Tirop became the second youngest woman’s gold medal winner after Zola Bard.
The Kenya Athletics Association stated that the country “lost a gem and she is one of the fastest-growing track and field giants on the international stage, thanks to her compelling performance.”
The president of the World Athletics Federation Sebastian Ko also paid tribute to the “brightest young star” in the sport.
“This is a terrible blow to the entire track and field world, especially to her family, her friends and Kenyan track and field athletes. I extend my heartfelt condolences to them.”