Family: Nobel prize winner confused when wife's body found

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2010 file photo, Sumire Negishi, left, wife of Nobel Chemistry laureate Ei-ichi Negishi, attends a Nobel banquet in the Stockholm Town Hall, in Sweden. Authorities in northern Illinois are investigating the death of Negishi, whose body was found at a landfill hours after she and her husband were reported missing in Indiana. The Ogle County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that deputies found Negishi's body and the couple's car Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Orchard Hills Landfill in Rockford shortly after they Ei-ichi Negishi walking nearby. (Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix Sweden via AP, File)

Family members say a Nobel Prize-winning Purdue University chemistry professor was confused and searching for help when his wife's body was found at a northern Illinois landfill

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Family members say a Nobel Prize-winning Purdue University chemistry professor was confused and searching for help when his wife's body was found at a northern Illinois landfill.

The relatives told WTHR-TV in Indianapolis that 80-year-old Sumire Negishi (soo-MEE'-la nah-GEE'-shee) was "near the end of her battle with Parkinson's" disease and was traveling with her husband, 82-year-old professor Ei-ichi Negishi (aich nah-GEE'-shee).

The Ogle County Sheriff's Office said deputies found Sumire Negishi's body and the couple's vehicle Tuesday at Orchard Hills Landfill outside Rockford. Shortly after, they found Ei-ichi Negishi walking nearby.

Family members say he was apparently in "an acute state of confusion and shock." They say the vehicle was stuck in a ditch.

Ogle County authorities have said they don't suspect foul play in the woman's death.

Negishi won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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