National Search Begins For Northwestern Professor Wanted For Murder

National Search Begins For Northwestern Professor Wanted For Murder

On July 27, Trenton H. James Cornell-Duranleau, 26, was found dead from multiple stab wounds in a River North high-rise. The 10-floor apartment belonged to Northwestern professor Wyndham Lathem, 42, and there is now a first-degree murder warrant out for his arrest.

According to Northwestern University, Lathem is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology and has worked at Northwestern since 2007.  University officials are working with authorities, have put him on administrative leave and blocked him from entering campus.  University officials believe the campus and students are at no risk at this time.

Another suspect believed to be involved in the murder of Cornell-Duranleau, is Andrew Warren, 56, a senior treasury assistant at the University of Oxford.  Warren’s school is also cooperating with authorities and encouraging their employee to come forward with any information for police.

Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Cornell-Duranleau’s death a homicide in which he suffered multiple lacerations from a sharp object.  He was found at around 8:30 p.m. where he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime.  Police are unclear what the motive was for the 26-year-old hairstylist’s death, possibly a domestic dispute.  The relationship between the victim and suspects are not yet clear.

Chicago Police Department’s spokesman Anthony Guglielmi posted photos of the two men on Twitter asking them to “do the right thing and turn yourself in.”  Police believe the two suspects have fled Illinois at this point, but with the U.S. Marshals Service on the search and the U.S. State Department flagging their passports, it’s only a matter of time before they are found.  Authorities are hoping for a peaceful surrender.

By Lauren Stevens

If you have any information regarding the incident or the whereabouts of these two men, you can contact the Bureau of Detectives Area Central. (312) 747-8380 | Case #JA366269