US police 'closing in' on Oxford University murder suspect as manhunt intensifies

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Police are closing in on an Oxford University employee and a US professor who went on the run following a horrific murder in America.

Chicago police said on Thursday they have an “idea of their whereabouts” after Andrew Warren, 56, a senior treasury assistant at Oxford’s Somerville College, and Wyndham Lathem, 42, a microbiology professor, fled Chicago where they are suspected of fatally stabbing former hair stylist Trenton Cornell-Duranleau.

Officers urged the two men to give themselves up as they warned their search is “intensifying”. 

They are wanted for repeatedly stabbing a 26-year-old male hair stylist to death in the US professor’s luxury Chicago apartment. Their relationship to the victim was unclear.

“Our primary focus is to facilitate a safe surrender and we strongly encourage Professor Lathem and Mr Warren to do the right thing,” a police spokesman said.


Stabbed to death: Trenton Cornell-Duranleau

The message came after Oxford University urged Mr Warren, who oversaw pensions and payrolls at the college, to hand himself in.

“Andrew Warren’s colleagues at Somerville College have now all been informed and are shocked to learn of the case,” a spokesman said.

“Whatever the circumstances, we would urge him to contact the US authorities as soon as possible, in the best interests of everyone concerned.”

A police report said the men “are to be considered armed and extremely dangerous” and were last seen getting into a grey 2007 Hyundai. 

Police said they have placed restrictions on Mr Warren’s visa and Prof. Lathem’s passport to block them from leaving the country.

Officers say the victim, who lived in Chicago, was found with multiple stab wounds in the tenth floor apartment near the city centre at around 8.30pm on July 27 before being pronounced dead at the scene.


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Court files give Mr Warren’s address as the Oxford college but he says on Facebook that he lives in Swindon, Wiltshire, and is a former cashier and driver for Stagecoach.

Prof Lathem has worked at Northwestern University since 2007 and is an expert in the bacteria that caused the Black Plague.

Northwestern said he has been placed on leave and is banned from entering the campus.

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