“We send our deepest condolences to her family and her many friends around the world,” she noted.
Initial investigations have since indicated that she was strangled to death by a man she was with inside her hotel room after an alleged altercation.
Reports indicated that the two had a heated argument that turned ugly when Kate tried to press the alarm bell, but she was strangled before she could receive any help.
Nairobi Regional Police Commander Benjamin Nthumbi revealed that her hotel room was locked from inside when detectives arrived. They found her body inside the room and noticed some shards of a broken window on the floor.
“Upon checking through the window, the detectives saw a man’s body lying on the ground. He was later identified as the man Mitchell had been seen with earlier.
“The man had jumped off the eighth floor of the hotel through the room’s window,” said Nthumbi.
He added that investigations were ongoing to determine the cause of Kate’s death.
Mitchell worked at the BBC Media Action, which is the BBC’s international development charity.
“I am so sorry to inform you of the death of our colleague from BBC Media Action Kate Mitchell. She was in Nairobi and died in her hotel yesterday.
“Kate worked with so many people over the past 14 years, particularly in Zambia, South Sudan and most recently in Ethiopia. This news will be incredibly difficult for all of us, and especially for those teams who worked closely with Kate,” an internal email sent to BBC staff read in part.
Nairobi Regional Police Commander Benjamin Nthumbi. /THE STAR