Kenyan police said on Monday that ivory trade investigator Esmond Bradley-Martin had been found dead in his home by a family member.
The relative had gone to check on Martin at his home in the Nairobi suburb of Langat on Sunday afternoon after he did not respond to phone calls.
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“He was found dead in his house and had stab wounds,” said a police officer. “An investigation has been launched.”
The head of the United Nation’s Environment Program, Erik Solheim, said he was shocked by Martin’s murder and described the late investigator as a “global authority” on ivory and rhino horn trafficking. 
Martin, an American citizen who had lived in Kenya for decades, was a key figure in the global crackdown on illegal ivory supply chains. Much of his research quantified and analyzed the Asian ivory markets in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and elsewhere.
Instrumental in pushing China’s ivory …