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Oxford University has urged one of its employees to hand himself in to police after he went on the run with a US professor following a horrific stabbing murder in America.
Andrew Warren, 56, a senior treasury assistant at Oxford’s Somerville College, was on the run on Thursday 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.
A spokesman for Oxford University and Somerville College said: “We have been in contact with the police in the UK and are ready to help the US investigating authorities in any way they need.
“Andrew Warren’s colleagues at Somerville College have now all been informed and are shocked to learn of the case.
“Whatever the circumstances, we would urge him to contact the US authorities as soon as possible, in the best interests of everyone concerned.”
Chicago Police said Mr Cornell-Duranleau was found with multiple stab wounds at his apartment at about 8.30pm on July 27 before being pronounced dead at the scene.
Police haven’t revealed the motive for the killing but they are investigating the possibility it was the result of a “domestic incident.”
It was unclear if Warren knew the victim, a former hairstylist. Lathem was friends with Cornell-Duranleau on Facebook.
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.
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.
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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