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A massive manhunt has been launched for an “armed and dangerous” Oxford University bursar suspected of a horrific stabbing murder in America.
Andrew Warren, 56, a senior treasury assistant at Oxford’s Somerville College, is on the run with Wyndham Lathem, a microbiology professor and an expert in the bacteria that caused the Black Plague.
The two men are wanted for repeatedly stabbing a 26-year-old male hair stylist to death in the US professor’s Chicago home. Their relationship to the victim was unclear.
A judge issued first degree murder arrest warrants for Warren and Lathem, 42, after the body of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau was found in Lathem’s luxury 10th floor flat near Chicago city centre.
Police haven’t revealed the motive for the July 27 killing but they are investigating the possibility it was the result of a “domestic incident.”
The suspects were reportedly seen leaving the Chicago flat on the night of the murder. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi appealed to the wanted men to “do the right thing and turn yourself in.
“It’s only a matter of time. Our search will only intensify,” he warned, adding the hunt had already expanded nationwide.
The victim died of “multiple sharp force injuries”, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Professor Lathem is a microbiology professor at Northwestern University in Illinois, who specialises in the bacteria that caused the bubonic plague.
Warren, who goes by the name Andy, was reportedly visiting the US for the first time. He 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 Oxford University but his Facebook page says he lives in Swindon, Wiltshire. He also says he previously worked as a cashier and a driver for Stagecoach.
Oxford University released a statement to the Chicago Tribune saying it was ‘not aware of this case, which is clearly extremely concerning. We will liaise with the relevant investigating authorities and provide any assistance that is required.’
Police officers went to the flat last Thursday night after a person working at the building’s front desk called to report that he had received an anonymous call about a crime having been committed.
It was unclear if Warren knew the victim, a former hairstylist. Lathem was friends with Cornell-Duranleau on Facebook.
Alan Cubbage, a Northwestern University vice president, said Lathem has been banned from the campus and placed on administrative leave.
“This is now a criminal matter under investigation by the appropriate authorities, and Northwestern University is co-operating in that investigation,” he added.
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