BY: AARON KATERSKY AND CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC NEWS
(NEW YORK) — A 33-year-old tech entrepreneur was discovered decapitated and dismembered in his Manhattan apartment on Tuesday, police sources confirmed to ABC News.
Police identified the victim as Fahim Saleh on Wednesday and said the death was deemed a homicide. No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing.
Saleh co-founded Pathao, a ride-share app that’s popular in Bangledash. More recently, he was the CEO of Gokada, a motorcycle ride-sharing and delivery company based Nigeria, which has faced financial setbacks and recently laid off most of its staff.
According to surveillance video from Monday, Saleh was seen around 1:40 p.m. being followed into his apartment elevator by a man wearing a suit, gloves, hat and mask and carrying a briefcase. When the elevator arrives at the seventh floor, which opened right into Saleh’s apartment, he falls immediately, the apparent result of an attack.
Saleh’s body was found Tuesday afternoon by his sister who was concerned after she had not heard from him for a day. She can be seen in surveillance footage entering the building, but the suspected killer is not seen leaving, leading law enforcement to believe she may have interrupted the act of dismembering, police sources said. There is a second way out of the apartment, through a service entrance, according to the sources.
He was pronounced deceased by first responders on the scene Tuesday afternoon.
Saleh’s torso was detached from his head and limbs, which were found nearby in several large bags, sources said. An electric saw was also recovered, still plugged into an electrical outlet, according to law enforcement sources. His dog was found alive in the apartment.
Detectives are investigating Saleh’s finances for a possible motive, especially his dealings with Gokada.
Gokada confirmed the “sudden and tragic loss” of its founder and CEO via Twitter, calling him “a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us.”
“Our hearts go out to his friends, family and all those feeling the pain and heartbreak we are currently experiencing, here at Gokada,” the company said. “Fahim’s vision and belief in us will be with us forever, and we will miss him dearly. Thank you for understanding as we get through this.”
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