Oxford University Worker And Bubonic Plague Expert Wanted Over Murder

Geneva Matthews
August 4, 2017

American police have issued an arrest warrant for an Oxford University employee after a man was stabbed to death in Chicago.

Charlotte Cornell, the mother of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, issued a statement to The Associated Press as police said the search for Wyndham Lathem, 42, and Andrew Warren, 56, in the slaying had narrowed.

Cornell-Duranleau, 26, was stabbed to death last week in a 10th floor apartment believed to be Latham's in the River North neighbourhood.

Because the alleged crime is of a violent nature the pair are considered "armed and dangerous", police said.

This is a developing story.

An obituary for Cornell-Duranleau, a MI native, described him as a "youthful free-spirit" whose "enthusiasm for life was infectious".

Cornell-Duranleau was a cosmetologist.

Investigators said they were looking at various possible motives, including a 'possible domestic incident, ' according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to an Oxford University web page which has since been deleted, suspect Warren is in charge of payroll and pensions at Somerville College.

A US-wide manhunt has been launched for a Somerville College employee accused of stabbing to death a hairstylist in Chicago.

Unlikely friends: Lathem (left) has been a faculty member at Nothwestern since 2007, researching how pathogenic bacteria cause disease in humans.

"We have been in contact with the police in the United Kingdom and are ready to help the USA investigating authorities in any way they need", a spokesman from the University of Oxford and Somerville College said.

Lathem has been put on administrative leave and is banned from the Northwestern campus.

Cornell-Duranleau was dead inside the Grand Plaza apartment unit when police arrived.

According to Lathem's LinkedIn account, he has worked at Northwestern University since 2008.

Prices range from $822,000 for a studio to $1,280,000 for a three-bedroom apartment, according to Zillow. "At some point in the past few years he taught medical students or graduate students, never undergrad, " Cubbage said.

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