Nobel laureate Ei-ichi Negishi and his wife, Sumire, stand with a bronze bust unveiled at Purdue on April 18, 2014. (Photo//Purdue University photo/Steve Scherer)
OGLE COUNTY (WREX) -
OGLE COUNTY, Ill. (WREX) --An Indiana woman reported missing Monday has been found dead in an Illinois landfill.
The Ogle County Sheriff's Office said Sumire Negishi, 80 of West Lafayette, Ind. was found along with her car in Orchard Hills Landfill. Sumire and her husband Ei-ichi were reported missing Monday out of West Lafayette.
Investigators say they got a call early Tuesday morning about an elderly man walking around in the area. Deputies say that man was 82-year-old Ei-ichi Negishi, the elderly woman's husband. He was taken to a Rockford hospital for treatment.
WTHR reports the Negishi family released a statement about the accident, saying they were on their way to the airport and got disoriented. Ei-ichi was driving and crashed into a ditch.
While Ei-ichi was looking for help, Sumire apparently became worried and got out to look for him. She died next to the car. The Negishi family said Sumire was near the end of her battle with Parkinsons. While a cause for death is pending. Officials do not suspect foul play.
Ei-ichi is a recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his palladium-catalyzed cross coupling technique to link carbon atoms. Purdue University said it is estimated that at least 25 percent of all chemical reactions in the pharmaceutical industry use the technique. He currently researches chemistry at the university.