CHICAGO, IL — Police are hunting for a Northwestern University associate professor who faces a first-degree murder charge stemming from a stabbing last week in the River North neighborhood. An arrest warrant was issued Monday for Wyndham Lathem, 42, in connection with the killing of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26, who was found dead Thursday in a North State Street apartment listed as Lathem’s home address, according to the Chicago Tribune. A warrant also was issued for Andrew Warren, 56, an employee of Somerville College in England, and Chicago police have warned that both wanted men are considered armed and dangerous, the report added.
According to police, officers found Cornell-Duranleau’s body at around 10:35 p.m. Thursday, July 27, after a maintenance worker received an anonymous call about a crime committed in a 10th-floor apartment in the 500 block of North State Street, the report stated. The Cook County medical examiner’s officer determined that Cornell-Duranleau — a Michigan-licensed cosmetologist who lived in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood — died from multiple sharp force injuries, the report added. (Get Patch real-time email alerts for the latest news for Chicago — or your neighborhood. And iPhone users: Check out Patch’s new app.)
Northwestern was alerted about the investigation Monday, and officials have been working with police since then, university spokesman Alan Cubbage told the Tribune. Lathem, an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has been placed on administrative leave and is banned from all university campuses, the report stated. He has been at Northwestern since 2007 and worked as a faculty researcher at the Chicago campus, which had him operating from a laboratory and not teaching classes, the report added.
“There is no indication of any risk to the Northwestern community from this individual at this time,” Cubbage said in an emailed statement to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Warren, who’s listed as “Andy” on his employee web page, is a senior treasury assistant for payroll and pensions at England’s Somerville College, which is a part of the University of Oxford system.
Chicago police said they have notified federal law enforcement of the arrest warrants. In a radio alert to officers, Warren and Lathem were described as armed and dangerous, WBBM reported. Police said the two were last seen driving a gray 2017 Hyundai sedan.
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Originally published August 2, 2017.