Former Reagan, Bush Official Found Dead in Garbage Landfill

MSNBC | January 3, 2011

DOVER, Delaware –The body of John Wheeler III, 66, a former White House official, was discovered on New Year’s Eve when a garbage truck emptied its contents at the Cherry Island landfill.

Police today identified his body and have ruled his death a homicide.

Wheeler served in President Ronald Reagan and both Bush administrations.

"He was just not the sort of person who would wind up in a landfill," said Bayard Marin, an attorney who was representing Wheeler in a building dispute.

Wheeler graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was the first chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund that led to the multimillion-dollar fundraising effort to create the memorial on the National Mall. Wheeler also was the first chief executive of “Mothers Against Drunk Driving.”

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

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