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Italian man dies mysteriously at posh city hotel

Police are investigating the mysterious death of an Italian national at the Sankara Hotel in Nairobi early Thursday morning.

The 47-year-old male was found lying dead on the floor near the door of his hotel room located on the 4th floor at around 10.30am.

Workers at the hotel went to check on him at his room after a taxi driver who had gone to pick him alerted the hotel that his client was not picking his calls.

Police say the man who had been staying at the hotel since May 10, had requested a taxi driver to pick him from the hotel at that time.

The body of the Italian, Geol Carlo Longo, had physical injuries on the left side of his head just above the eyebrow.

“We have begun investigations into his death. We did not find anything to indicate that he had been on medication but our officers have been at the scene to gather facts,” Gigiri OCPD, Vitalis Otieno said.


He said the police were also trying to trace the deceased’s family so as to inform them of his death. It is not yet clear what the Italian was doing in the country and when he arrived.

The hotel management did not allow journalists into the scene of crime but two police vehicles were at the hotel.

Several police officers drawn from Parklands and Gigiri Police Stations were also at the hotel to gather details from the scene.

The hotel’s Security Manager Gordon Oduor told journalists at the hotel that one of their clients had died and claimed that a man had collapsed and had been taken to hospital.

He later, confirmed the death of the Italian and said the door to his room was locked and only opened by the staff who went to find out why he did not answer his taxi driver’s call.

“The circumstances under which he died is now up to the police to investigate,” Mr Oduor said.

The body of the Italian was taken to the Chiromo Mortuary.