Former Presidential adviser Wheeler found dead in Delaware landfill

In a development that sounds a bit like the start of a government conspiracy thriller, a former advisor to the Reagan administration and both Bush presidencies has been found dead in a Delaware landfill.

66-year-old John P. Wheeler’s corpse was uncovered on December 31st, a Friday, and the decorated former Army officer- who neighbors and associates described as “humble” and “not the sort of person who would wind up in a landfill”- was last seen alive on an Amtrak train from Washington to Wilmington on December 28th.

Wheeler worked to raise funds for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and Jan Scruggs, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund president and founder, commented on his passing:

“I know how passionate he was about honoring all who serve their nation, and especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Scruggs said in a statement released Monday.


Police have ruled the death a homicide, and are aware of all the stops made by trucks whose routes terminated at the Cherry Island Landfill. Law enforcement officials have not disclosed whether there have been any leads in the case.