Wow… Makes you wonder what this guy was ‘fessing up to! And to who?
Delaware authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the recent discovery of the body of a former Pentagon official in a landfill, according to a statement released Monday by the Newark, Delaware, Police Department.
The Delaware medical examiner’s office has ruled the death of 66-year-old John P. Wheeler a homicide.
Wheeler was discovered at Wilmington’s Cherry Island Landfill on December 31.
Wheeler, who lived in New Castle, worked under three Republican presidents — Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He served as a special assistant to the Air Force secretary from 2005 to 2008.
Among other things, he also served as head of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and was the first chairman of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
A staff officer in Vietnam, Wheeler was a graduate of West Point, as well as Harvard Business School and Yale Law School.
“We are asking for the public’s assistance” in the case, Newark police spokesman Lt. Mark Farrall told CNN. “We don’t know where the crime scene occurred. The body was dumped within our jurisdiction.” Newark is about 12 miles southwest of Wilmington.
Farrall noted that Wheeler’s body was seen jutting out of a garbage truck at the landfill by a spotter whose job it is to ensure that hazardous material is not dumped there.
Police believe Wheeler’s body was most likely picked up by the truck at one of the first of ten specially designated dumpster pick-up spots before heading to the landfill.
Farrall said police do not know when Wheeler was last seen. He noted that Wheeler had been scheduled to take a train from Washington to Wilmington near the time of the death, though he dismissed reports that Wheeler had actually been seen on a train.