Nationwide Hunt for Northwestern Professor Ends in California
After an 8-day manhunt for Northwestern professor, Wyndham Lathem and University of Oxford employee, Andrew Warren surrendered to police in the San Francisco area Friday night. The two men were suspected of first-degree murder of 26-year-old Chicagoan hairstylist Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, after he was found dead in Lathem’s River North apartment July 27.
Lathem, 42, was being held in Alameda County where he faced a Monday court appearance in the city of Pleasanton. Lathem was advised to not make any statements to police or the courts and will most likely be sent back to Chicago to undergo a CPD homicide investigation.
Lathem surrendered to police after phone negotiations were made over the course of Friday afternoon. Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank Conroy said that he believed Lathem was in contact with some friends who advised him to get an attorney that led to the surrender. Details of Warren’s surrender are unclear, but both men are in custody in California.
Another detail to emerge from the case is that a $1,000 cash donation was made in the victim’s name 80 miles north of Chicago to the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin public library.
Lathem’s attorney has suggested that Lathem will plead guilty and for the public to not judge the case before all the facts are present. Authorities have not yet disclosed a possible motive for the murder.