"Everybody is worried, nobody has got the strength to go to training at this moment." - Coach Gregory Kilonzo on the brutal murder of Kenyan-born Bahrain athlete Damaris Muthee.
An autopsy report has revealed how Kenyan-born Bahrain athlete Damaris Muthee met her death.
The report says the last hours of the athlete were painful. An autopsy carried out by two doctors says there was general strangulation.
Damaris left behind a six-year-old. The athlete was allegedly murdered by an Ethiopian athlete identified as Koki Fai who reportedly fled from the country after the incident.
The athlete is a Kenyan but running for a foreign nation. Her body was found in the man's house at Lillys Estate on the outskirts of the town.
Fellow athletes alerted the police after the alleged killer called from outside the country saying he had committed the murder.
This comes a few months after athlete Agnes Tirop was killed in the same town last October.
According to the family Damaris was married to Felix Ndeti who lives in Qatar.
The middle-distance runner is said to have disappeared until she was found dead on April 19 in Iten, Elgeyo-Marakwet County.
Damaris had dinner with her teammates on Saturday evening before everybody retreated to their room for the night.
Her coach Gregory Kilonzo says the camp is devastated.
Kilonzo says they were together in camp, had supper, and then on Sunday morning,
“We did not see her at breakfast. It was the same at lunchtime. I thought the girl was still resting or maybe she had gone to church or the shop.
In the evening, we again did not see her.
I tried calling her cell phone but it did not go through. I asked her friends to do the same, so everybody called but calls did not go through,” he narrated.
Kilonzo says he asked the rest of the athletes to "sleep and not to think so much about it".
"On Monday, Damaris did not show up for training again. She used to train at the Iten camp before joining the national team camp here in Kapsabet.
It is normal for athletes to join their training camps or go home after training. We know her camp is in Iten.
We were surprised that she was not there. We did not see her on Monday. We went to her house on Tuesday but only her clothes were there," added the coach.
Kilonzo says not knowing about Damaris' whereabouts made them suspicious. It was only later they were informed about the discovery of her lifeless body.
"Later on Tuesday afternoon, we got information that a female athlete had been found dead in a house in Iten.
From Kapsabet, she had gone to Iten and not just her house, but a man’s house. We are worried here, even training has stopped.
Everybody is worried, nobody has got the strength to go to training at this moment."
Adding, "It’s very sad for you to be with someone enjoying training, even at the end of the day, analyze how the day went, and then the next day the person is nowhere to be seen.
Two days later you find out she is dead."
We pray that the family finds justice and that the culprit responsible for the murder is arrested.
May she rest in peace.