Body of former Pentagon official found in landfill
January 3rd, 2011
10:27 PM ET

Body of former Pentagon official found in landfill

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.

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  1. mr. Ontopic

    Another old man...who was well paid on the tax rolls yet in some trivial disputes...we are the young and the future? Why is this newsworthy? OH WAIT..that is young america..trivial disputes..turf battles..facebook stalking..cries of victimization..various hyped lohan dramas and internet wars. Ok then..well done cnn.

    January 4, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. eloquently tailored empty suit

    Why hasn't this man recieved the the same public face of sympathy given to others who spent their lives working for the government? He was murdered! If he had been a fallen soldier or a fireman, most everyone would be full of emotion, even to the point that it would appear to be like a big tear-soaked red curtain covering this entire board. Would someone please explain the disparity. (in your own words pls., we already know what the talking-heads say.)

    January 4, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. eloquently tailored empty suit

    Oops, I forget to mention phil, the real phil (he he) posted this.

    January 4, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. tomcat

    hey phil

    January 4, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Good morning tomcat.

    January 4, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Could it be that political affiliation has replaced human emotion for many? Could this lack of even one kind word posted on his behalf be because Dr. Jack Wheeler (RIP) researched your fearless leader and found he is of Arabian decent?. That even his name, first, middle, and last can be traced to Arabian slave masters rather than black slaves, and published what he had found? Really, the disparity is alarming.

    January 4, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Stickemup

    @ruffnut thats 1 less white boy we have to worry about no only if more could follow him

    January 4, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Stickemup

    Too bad it wasnt bush 1 and 2 found dead

    January 4, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. The Truth

    I bet this will be swept under the rug really quick. Then it will resurface around election time.

    January 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |

    apaerntly he became so destruat over the dead black birds and dead fish he threw himself away.

    @stickemup.. they'll go out like regan, eating pudding and pooping there pants

    January 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. 2100

    Makes u wonder what (intellegence) he knew ?, this clearly was an assassanation, this stinks of co-vert/operations protocols (Shadow Gov.)

    January 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cat

    how long was he dead? degrading landfill. senseless.

    January 4, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ed Bailey

    Could he have been the random victim of a sad street crime,yes! But we have a sad disrespect for our government. Is it deserved,yes! Do we have trust and confidence in our past leaders,no.that's why we automatically think he was murdered by US. Does anyone else find this as comforting as I don't. And they act like kindergarden rejects and we sit back and make stupid jokes.wake up america!

    January 4, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
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