An arrest warrant was issued Monday for Northwestern Prof. Wyndham Lathem, 42, in connection with the stabbing death of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau, 26, a cosmetologist from Michigan. Police are also seeking University of Oxford employee Andrew Warren, 56. The stabbing occurred at Lathem’s address and Cornell-Duranleau’s body showed lacerations.
Lathem has been an associate professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern’s Chicago campus since 2007 where he has researched the Black Death. With the issuance of the warrant, he has been placed on administrative leave and banned from all NU campuses,
The coroner found that the death was caused by multiple sharp force injuries, according to the Chicago Tribune. Cornell-Duranleau (right) is a licensed cosmetologist. Cornell-Duranleau’s Facebook page references his work as a hairstylist with a variety of beauty salons.
Lathem was on the faculty of the Department of Microbiology-Immunology page and worked at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. According to Heavy, he described himself as an “Associate Professor of Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern Univ., interested in bacterial pathogen evolution and plasminogen activation during infection.” He received his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 in microbiology and his A.B. in Biology from Vassar. He was a research technician for Rockefeller University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington University School of Medicine.
Lathem and Warren may have fled together in a gray 2017 Hyundai sedan.