Body found at landfill

Cheryl Sanders
March 15, 2018

Ei-ichi Negishi was receiving treatment at a hospital, police said.

Sumire Negishi, his wife, was found dead Tuesday in a northern Illinois landfill after her 82-year-old husband was found wandering a road south of Rockford, Illinois, police said.

Police searched the area and found Sumire's body at the Orchard Hills Landfill, along with the couple's vehicle.


The sheriff's department says foul play is not suspected, but wouldn't discuss autopsy results. Local law enforcement agencies are now leading the investigation.

Indiana State Police asked Purdue Police Monday night to check for the missing professor in his office located in the Wetherill Chemistry Building. Rockford is about 160 km west of Chicago.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Sumire Negishi and offer our sincerest sympathies to the Negishi family from the entire Boilermaker family."


The Negishi family told local news channel WTHR that they believed the couple had been trying to find their way to the airport and got "disoriented" along the way.

The Japanese scientist won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2010 for a palladium-catalyzed cross coupling technique to link carbon atoms.

On Wednesday, Mitch Daniels, the president of Purdue University, released a statement expressing condolences on behalf of the campus.


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