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The BBC employee is found dead in a hotel in Kenya

The BBC employee is found dead in a hotel in Kenya

Police in Kenya have launched an investigation after a BBC staff member was found dead in the capital Nairobi.

Kate Mitchell, a British citizen who worked for BBC Media Action in a number of African countries, died on Friday.

BBC Media Action is the international corporate charity and its projects focus on using media and communication to tackle inequality worldwide.

It is not thought that Ms. Mitchell's death at a hotel in the city was related to her work for the organization.

And while the exact circumstances of her death remain unclear, police told local media they were investigating her as a homicide and exploring possible motives.

"The suspected perpetrator ... jumped from the eighth floor of the hotel out of the room window after feeling that hotel security might be behind him," Nairobi Regional Police Commander Augustine Nthumbi told reporters.

Ms Mitchell recently worked for the BBC Media Action office in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

"We are all shocked and horrified by this terrible news," said BBC Media Action chief executive Caroline Nursey in a statement.

"Kate was a very loving staff member, who worked as Senior Project Manager and had been with us for 14 years. She was recognized throughout our organization, especially by our teams in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Zambia and London.

"We send our deepest condolences to her family and her many friends around the world," Nursey added.

Her brother Peter said: "Kate was a very loving daughter, sister and friend, and we are just beginning to understand the extent of her loss.

"The circumstances surrounding her death are still being investigated and we will ask you to ignore the speculations in the press and on social media.

"We urge everyone to respect the privacy of our family as we mourn the loss of Kate," he said.