Somerville College employee wanted for murder

Jerome Frank
August 4, 2017

Arrest warrants have been issued for a Northwestern University professor and a University of Oxford employee in connection with the killing of a 26-year-old man, who was found stabbed to death last week in a River North apartment.

Police had been looking for Lathem soon after Cornell-Duranleau was found dead inside the professor's flat in the Grand Plaza Apartments at 540 N. State around 8:30 p.m., when police responded to a request for a wellness check. The second suspect is 56-year-old Andrew Warren, a senior treasury assistant at Somerville College.

On Wednesday, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said detectives suspect the pair may have fled IL and their passports have been flagged by the State Department.

Alan Cubbage, a Northwestern University vice president, said Lathem has been banned from the campus and placed on administrative leave.

Wyndham Lathem (left) and Andrew Warren are wanted by Chicago Police. Lathem was friends with Cornell-Duranleau on Facebook.

Cornell-Duranleau, a cosmetologist, died of multiple sharp force injuries, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

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Meanwhile Lathem, who specialises in the bacteria that caused the bubonic plague, has worked at Northwestern since 2007.

His body was reportedly found by a maintenance worker at Lathem's home on the tenth floor of an upscale apartment block. One of Lathem's neighbors told ABC he had seen Cornell-Duranleau, who was a licensed cosmetologist originally from MI, around the building before.

Cornell-Duranleau's mother Mischelle Duranleau remembered her son in a Facebook post, the newspaper reported.

"Throughout his life he loved music and animals", the obituary said. "Trenton was a caregiver and loved to help others", Duranleau wrote.

Oxford released a statement Tuesday saying it was "not aware of this case, which is clearly extremely concerning. We will liaise with the relevant investigating authorities and provide any assistance that is required".

Wyndham Lathem is a microbiology professor at Northwestern University in IL, who specialises in the bacteria that caused the bubonic plague.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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