Fahim Saleh co-founded two international ride-sharing startups.
Police sources confirmed to ABC News that a 33-year-old tech entrepreneur was beheaded and dismembered in his apartment in Manhattan on Tuesday.
The police identified the victim as Fahim Saleh on Wednesday and said the death was considered a homicide. No one was arrested, and the investigation is still ongoing.
Saleh co-founded Pathao, a popular ride-sharing app in Bangledash. Recently, he served as CEO of Gokada, a Nigeria-based motorcycle ride-sharing and delivery company that faced financial setbacks and recently laid off most of its employees.
According to a surveillance video on Monday, he saw Saleh wearing a suit, gloves, hat and mask and carrying a briefcase around 1
Saleh’s body was discovered by his sister on Tuesday afternoon. Her sister has not heard from him for a day, and she is worried about it. Police sources said that she could be seen from the surveillance video of entering the building, but did not see the suspicious killer leave, leading law enforcement to believe that she may have interrupted the dismemberment operation. According to sources, there is a second channel to leave the apartment through the service entrance.
On Tuesday afternoon, the first responder on the scene announced that he was dead.
According to sources, Saleh’s torso was separated from the head and limbs, which were found in several large bags nearby. Law enforcement officials said the chainsaw was also recovered and still plugged into a power outlet. Found his dog alive in the apartment.
Detectives are investigating Saleh’s financial situation in search of possible motives, 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”.
The company said: “We are very grateful to his friends, family and all those who feel the pain and sadness we are currently experiencing in Gokada.” “Fahim’s vision and belief in us will always be with us, we will Miss him very much. Thank you for your understanding of us.”