Julius Maiyo, Keiyo North Deputy County Commissioner, told the media that Muthee's boyfriend, who is being investigated as the prime suspect in the crime, escaped to Ethiopia on April 16, the same day the athlete was murdered.
The police, according to Maiyo, traced his recent phone conversations to Ethiopia.
Muthee could have died by strangulation, according to the authorities, because there were no obvious injuries on his decomposing body.
"The dead athlete paid a visit to her Ethiopian boyfriend on Saturday, and the body is rotting, so we assume she was killed the same night," Maiyo said.
"The police received allegations that the Ethiopian had slain his fiancée, but when they arrived at their home, it was locked. They smashed the door open and discovered the rotting body "Maiyo went on to say.
He stated that efforts were still being made to get extradition orders so that the suspect could be questioned and charged.
Muthee's coworkers and acquaintances talked highly of her, praising her hard work and dedication to her profession. They also disclosed she was a single mother.
"I had no idea she had an Ethiopian lover," she says. Christine Kambua, a Kenyan athlete, revealed, "She had just told me about the father of her son, who is a Kenyan."
They were enraged that Muthee died just as she was reaching the pinnacle of her career.
"Muthée has been a friend of mine since 2007." We met again in Iten in 2012 after she graduated from high school, after she left Machakos to train in Kapsabet. Hellen Nzambi, a marathoner, added, "We last chatted in December."
Muthee had made significant progress in her field, winning big races such as the Marrakesh Marathon in October 2018 and the 10Km Casablanca Memorial in the same year.
She also ran the Maputo half marathon in 2018 and the Agadir Marathon in Morocco in 2017, when she finished in second place.
Muthee's death came at a time when athletes were enduring gender-based violence awareness campaigns in the aftermath of the murder of athlete Agnes Tirop, with investigations indicating that her husband may have been involved.
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