I wonder if he had any political enemies?
Delaware authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the recent discovery of the body of a former Pentagon official in a landfill…
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…
“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.
What Wheeler “cared about was civic values and civic virtue,” wrote James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic.
“He was a complicated man of very intense (and sometimes changeable) friendships, passions, and causes. … I feel terrible for his family and hope they will eventually find comfort in knowing how many important things he achieved.”
I have no idea where this tale is going. But, this may turn out to be a relevant placeholder.
Good thing the local landfill had someone looking for hazardous waste. They seem like really handy places to dispose of a body – or other evidence of crime.