Sumire Negishi, the wife of Purdue chemistry professor and Nobel prize-winner Ei-ichi Negishi, was found dead in a landfill near Rockford, Illinois Tuesday night.
The Ogle County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that deputies found 80-year-old Sumire Negishi's body and the couple's auto Tuesday at Orchard Hills Landfill outside Rockford shortly after they found 82-year-old Ei-ichi Negishi walking nearby. Ei-ichi Negishi was receiving treatment at a hospital, police said.
The TV station reported that Sumire Negishi had stayed behind while her husband left looking for help.
It was then police learned the man and his wife were reported missing Monday out of West Lafayette, Ind. Foul play is not suspected. Local authorities in IL are now leading the investigation.
Ei-ichi, a researcher at Purdue for more than three decades, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010 for his work on palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis.
82-year-old Dr. Negishi is a distiguished chemistry professor at Purdue University.
We will continue to follow this investigation as details develop.