World-Renowned ivory investigator found dead in Nairobi

Esmond has authored several ground-breaking investigative reports on rhino and ivory smuggling

Privately-owned The Star newspaper reports that the 75-year-old, who was alone in the Nairobi house, had a stab wound in the neck.

His wife, Chryssee Martin, said she found her husband's lifeless body after coming from a nature walk at around 4pm.

Nairobi DCI boss Ireri Kamwende confirmed the incident stating that investigations are already underway to identify Esmond's attackers.

"We have already questioned a gardener and a cook who are employed at the home," Kamwende said.

Esmond has authored several ground-breaking investigative reports on rhino and ivory smuggling in Kenya and the trade in China, Vietnam, and Laos.

He was said to have been working on his latest report on the rhino and ivory trade by the time of his death.

The renowned ivory detective had been travelling around the world alongside his wife and colleagues in a bid to identify ivory and rhino markets, the traffickers and the modern-day uses.

Among his achievements was helping persuade China to shut down its legal rhino horn trade in 1993 and ivory trade last year.

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