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The body of a tech founder was found dismembered in his Manhattan condo

Fahim Saleh, cofounder and CEO of Gokada, in Nigeria on May 3, 2019.
Fahim Saleh, cofounder and CEO of Gokada, in Nigeria on May 3, 2019.

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  • Fahim Saleh, 33, was found Tuesday in his Lower East Side condominium with his head and limbs removed, the New York Police Department told Business Insider.

  • An electric saw was found next to his body, a police spokesperson confirmed.

  • Surveillance footage appeared to show a suited and masked man entering the elevator with Saleh the day before, according to the New York Daily News.

  • Friends described Saleh as a self-made millionaire, according to the paper. He founded a motorcycle-sharing app company in Nigeria before entering venture capital.

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A tech founder was found Tuesday in his New York condo with his head and limbs removed and an electric saw next to him, police told Business Insider.

Fahim Saleh’s torso was found in his seventh-floor Manhattan condominium at 265 East Houston St., a spokesperson for the New York Police Department said.

Saleh was the founder and CEO of Gokada, a motorcycle-sharing company in Nigeria.

“We don’t know if he was deceased prior to being dismembered,” the spokesperson said.

Saleh founded Gokada in Nigeria before moving into venture capital. He lived in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

The New York condo building where Fahim Saleh's body was found.
The New York condo building where Fahim Saleh’s body was found.

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The NYPD spokesperson told Business Insider, “We have no motive at this time.”

Saleh was discovered by his sister after she said she’d not seen him for a day and went to the apartment, the New York Daily News reported.

The NYPD spokesperson said that Saleh’s apartment covered the whole floor, and that an elevator exits directly into his apartment. The Daily News reported that he bought the apartment last year for $2.25 million.

The Daily News said surveillance-camera footage taken Monday appeared to show Saleh entering the elevator followed by a man in a suit with a hat and gloves and a mask over his face. On leaving the elevator, Saleh fell to the ground, the paper said.

Saleh was originally from Saudi Arabia and born to Bangladeshi parents, according to a blog profile. He cofounded Adventure Capital, which invests mostly in the developing world, the Daily News reported.

Friends, who were not named, described him to the paper as a self-made millionaire who was “extremely smart, ambitious, very kind.”

His Medium posts detailing his path as an entrepreneur describe how he turned an early profit with a prank-calling website and moved on to found other projects such as Gokada, the motorcycle-sharing app company, in Lagos, Nigeria.

Gokada, where he was CEO, posted a tweet saying: “We are deeply saddened to inform you about the sudden and tragic loss of our founder and CEO, Fahim Saleh. Fahim was a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us.”

Aziz Arman, a cofounder of one of Saleh’s other companies, said in a LinkedIn post: “Still can’t believe that he’s not with us. This person was more than brother to me. This is the biggest loss.”

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