Oxford University urges employee wanted over US murder to hand himself in
The victim was found dead in Chicago on July 27 with multiple stab wounds.
Oxford University has urged an employee to hand himself in after police in Chicago said he is wanted with a US professor on suspicion of murdering a 26-year-old man.
Police are hunting for Somerville College senior treasury assistant Andrew Warren, 56, and Wyndham Lathem, a 42-year-old microbiology professor at Northwestern University
They repeatedly stabbed Trenton Cornell-Duranleau in Lathem’s apartment before fleeing, according to Chicago Police.
Wanted for Homicide— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) August 2, 2017
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An Oxford University spokesman said on Thursday that the institution has been in contact with officers in the UK and is prepared to assist the US investigation.
“Andrew Warren’s colleagues at Somerville College have now all been informed and are shocked to learn of the case,” he added.
“Whatever the circumstances, we would urge him to contact the US authorities as soon as possible, in the best interests of everyone concerned.”
Officers said the victim, who lived in Chicago, was found with multiple stab wounds in a 10th floor apartment near the city centre at around 8.30pm on July 27 and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Residents were told by the building’s managers that police were investigating “a variety of motives including a possible domestic incident”, according to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.
Warren, who goes by the name of Andy, is in charge of payroll and pensions at Somerville College, according to a university web page which has since been deleted.
Court files give his address as the Oxford college but he says he lives in Swindon on Facebook. He also says he previously worked as a cashier and a driver for Stagecoach.
Mr Cornell-Duranleau, originally from Corunna, Michigan, used to work as a hair stylist, according to his Facebook profile.
Lathem is friends with the victim on Facebook but their relationship is not clear.
Lathem has worked at Northwestern since 2007 and specialises in the bacteria that caused the bubonic plague.
Northwestern University said Lathem has been placed on leave and is banned from entering the campus.