Prime Suspect in BBC Manager's Murder Found Dead

  • A file image of the BBC studios
    A file image of the BBC studios
  • The prime suspect in the murder of Kate Mitchell, a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) manager, was found dead by police officers.

    According to Nairobi regional police commander Augustine Nthumbi, the suspect jumped off the eighth floor of the hotel room through the room's window in order to evade the hotel security officers.

    He, however, jumped to his death and his body was later retrieved by police.

    "The suspected culprit jumped off the eighth floor of the hotel through the room’s window after sensing that the hotel security might be after him,”  Nthumbi told

    Nairobi County Police Commander Augustine Nthumbi addressing the press
    Nairobi County Police Commander Augustine Nthumbi addressing the press.
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    The Nairobi police boss, however, pointed out that detectives are still concluding investigations in order to determine whether he is the actual murder suspect of the BBC journalist. After a postmortem is conducted on Mitchell's body, a report will be released with details of the hotel's incident. 

    Mitchell, who was in charge of BBC Media Action's Senior Projects in the Ethiopian office, was found dead in her hotel room on Friday evening, November 19. 

    She had over 14 years within BBC and was highly acknowledged by her peers for her extensive work in Zambia, South Sudan and most recently in Ethiopia.

    "The circumstances of Kate’s death are not very clear at the moment and we are working with the UK high commission and the police in Nairobi. Of course we will offer every assistance that we can; and I will share anything that I can with you as soon as we are able to. There is no indication that her death is connected to her work or to the BBC," read a memo sent to all staff working at the corporation.

    "This news will be incredibly difficult for all of us, and especially for those teams who worked closely with Kate," added the statement.

    Her role in the organisation, BBC Action, entailed working alongside other media companies to promote human rights and reduce poverty around the world.

    "Media helps people make sense of events, engage in dialogue, and shape their own lives. Yet many millions still lack access to free, reliable and practical information. We work with partners to help poor and marginalised people access their own rights, increase their choices and lead healthier lives," reads a description of the organisation.

    The incident brings to light the prevalent crimes within the nation's capital. According to a past police report, the common crimes within the city include robbery, theft, assault causing actual bodily harm, robbery with violence, possession of narcotic drugs and murder.

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