3:07 PM PT — 10/14 — Authorities in Kenya say they’ve caught the person suspected of stabbing Tirop, claiming it was the man who she had been in a relationship with.
According to law enforcement, Ibrahim Rotich stabbed Tirop to death and then went into hiding.
Officials say Rotich then attempted to flee the area in a getaway car, but wrecked his ride while trying to escape — and was eventually caught by authorities.
Police say Rotich is now "being grilled by detectives" at a local station … and he’s later expected to be arraigned on murder charges.
Story developing …
Agnes Tirop, an elite Kenyan long-distance runner who finished 4th at the Tokyo Olympics, was tragically found stabbed to death in her home, according to a Kenyan athletic commission.
She was only 25 years old.
According to reports, police are actively looking for Agnes’ husband who hasn’t been seen since her death.
The BBC is reporting Agnes’ father called police Tuesday night, worried he could not reach his daughter.
Sadly, when police arrived at her home in Iten, Kenya, they found Tirop laying in bed, surrounded by a pool of blood, according to the UK outlet.
Police say the runner had what looked like a stab wound to her neck … and that’s what they believe caused her death. She also reportedly had a stab wound to her stomach.
Agnes’ husband was not at the home when they arrived … and has not been heard from since authorities arrived on the scene.
Tirop was one of the best long-distance runners in the world. In fact, just last month she set a women’s world record at a 10-kilometer race in Germany. Agnes also took home bronze medals at the World Athletic Championships in 2017 and 2019.
"Athletics Kenya are distraught to learn about the untimely death of World 10,000m bronze medallist Agnes Tirop," the country’s athletics body said in a statement.