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    DE - John 'Jack' Wheeler, 66, former presidential aide, Wilmington, 30 Dec 2010

    Presidential aide's body found in landfill; ruled homicide

    WILMINGTON, Del. - January 3, 2011 (WPVI) -- The body of 66-year-old John Wheeler III was found at the Cherry Island landfill on the morning of New Year's Eve.

    Police have ruled his death a homicide, but right now, police have more questions than answers. All they know right now if that the prominent military consultant ended up dead in a dumpster somewhere in Newark, Delaware.

    "There are no suspects. Again, we are still looking to determine where the crime scene occurred," explained Newark Police Lt. Mark Farrall.

    John Wheeler, known to friends as Jack, was a military consultant, a West point graduate who worked for three presidents and previously served as chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

    Wheeler's body was found Friday morning at the Cherry Island landfill in Wilmington. A trash truck had emptied ten dumpsters in Newark.
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    the rest, plus video, at
    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?se...7876386&hpt=T2

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    He wasn't reported missing before he was found at the landfill. He is married. When was the last time his wife saw him? How long did it take for him to make his way to the landfill?

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/03...dead-landfill/

    ETA: I see the answer about his wife is at the above abc link. Sorry!
    Last edited by SuziQ; 01-03-2011 at 05:03 PM. Reason: forgot link

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    Very sad news. I recall reading about Jack Wheeler in "The Long Gray Line" a book about the West Point class of 1966 and the Vietnam War. There were many West Point grads who died in the War and Wheeler was the one who led the effort to build the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. He was very bright, well educated and accomplished.

    The Newark Post lists the businesses where the dump truck emptied commercial dumpsters on the route in Newark, NJ:

    The locations of interest are as follows:

    1. WSFS Bank, College Square

    2. Newark Library, Library Avenue

    3. Gardens of White Chapel, White Chapel Drive

    4. Hudson State Service Center, Ogletown Road

    5. Newark Toyota, Marrows Road

    6. McDonald’s, East Main Street

    7. Attila Wings, East Main Street

    8. Newark Emergency Center, East Main Street

    9. Bing’s Bakery, East Main Street

    10. Goodwill, Newark Shopping Center
    http://www.newarkpostonline.com/arti...1802725254.txt

    According to Delaware Online, Wheeler had been involved in a legal dispute with homeowners across the street from his historic home in New Castle, DE. Wheeler and his wife were suing the owners because they were building a large home that would block the view.

    The article states that someone had recently thrown a smoke bomb into the Wheeler's home in New Castle.

    http://www.delawareonline.com/articl...ietnam-War-vet

    Hope they find out who murdered him.

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    This should be an interesting case to keep an eye on.

    Here's an updated story that shows they went to his home with a crime scene van on Sunday. He was last seen getting off an Amtrak in Wilmington, Tuesday, yet the trash is tracked to one of ten locations in Newark.

    It's hard to tell if this was a random act (ie robbery gone bad) or something more sinister. LE says it is a homicide but don't give a COD.

    Sad end to such an accomplished life. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

    JMHO
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    http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/0...ndfill-010311/

    Influential vet’s body found in landfill

    Police rule death of former Army officer Wheeler a homicide

    Newark police had a crime-scene van at Wheeler’s home in New Castle on Sunday, with crime-scene tape roping off the prominent three-story brick home with black shutters.

    Friends and neighbors were shocked to learn Wheeler had died.

    “This is just not the kind of guy who gets murdered,” said Bayard Marin, a Wilmington attorney who represented Wheeler in a dispute with a neighbor. “This is not the kind of guy you find in a landfill.”

    Wheeler was last traced riding an Amtrak train from Washington to Wilmington on Tuesday, said Newark police Lt. Mark Farrall.

    “The last place they can put him is getting off the Amtrak train in Wilmington,” Farrall said.

    At about 10 a.m. Friday, a landfill employee spotted Wheeler’s body falling from a Waste Management truck into a trash pile. Police identified Wheeler based on identification found on his body, Farrall said.

    Tracing the truck’s route, police determined Wheeler’s body had been left in a large trash bin in one of 10 locations on the east side of Newark, including the College Square shopping center.

    Newark police did not release the cause of death Sunday, and wouldn’t say whether they’re treating Wheeler’s home as the crime scene.

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    The three presidents he served:

    Wheeler, a resident of New Castle, Del., was a special assistant to the Air Force Secretary in the [George W.] Bush administration from 2005 to 2008, according to Air Force spokesman Maj. Joel Harper. The position is a political appointment but did not require Senate confirmation.

    He also was a Vietnam War veteran and a defense contractor who worked in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as well.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE7023S220110103

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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty P View Post
    The Newark Post lists the businesses where the dump truck emptied commercial dumpsters on the route in Newark, NJ:
    The businesses are in Newark, Deleware, not New Jersey.

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    Sad, our news in Philly didn't mention his career in the Military.

    O.K. so a man who is a decorated Vietnam War Vet who went to West Point could be by speculation murdered by a neighbor over construction?

    How many stops from DC to where this man exited the train? Just thought someone might know before I looked it up.

    Note Filly does not enjoy Amtrak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i.b.nora View Post
    The businesses are in Newark, Deleware, not New Jersey.
    Thanks for the correction, IBNora!

    I was wondering how he might have ended up in NJ.

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    I wonder if his wife is safe? I would hate to do it, but I think I would want to move asap!
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    It really bugs me that they talk about the feud with the people building a house across the street. From what I've read there is no reason to believe, right now, that they had anything to do with it.

    If they want to say that he was involved in a legal battle that's pertinent info., but IMO saying who it was with is irresponsible. To me saying the legal battle was with the new land owners building the house is just as good as putting out a name.

    Also, if the people across the street bought the land and got a building permit it's too bad for him if it obstructs his view of the river.

    There may be a lot more to this that we'll eventually find out.


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    OMG I must email my friend, she works at one of the sites listed

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    He got on the train Tuesday. His body was found on Friday. No missing person report had been filed. He's married. Something's very strange about that to me.
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    I went back and reread everything and see where the wife was out of town. Even so, wouldn't she be concerned if she couldn't get hold of her husband on the phone? He was missing for almost three days before the body was discovered.
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    Initial police reports that Wheeler was last seen getting off an Amtrak train on Dec. 28 were incorrect, Farrall said. Investigators don't know how long Wheeler might have been missing or where and when he was last seen
    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?se...7876386&hpt=T2
    This article says the Amtrak train sighting was false.

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    I just got an email from my friend who works at one the locations and this is what she said to me


    "Apparently Newark PD was here yesterday and nothing was caught on tape. After lots of discussion in the office, the “perfect” place would have been the dumpster behind Goodwill because the Bowling Lanes building keeps it pretty secluded and no video cameras."

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