John Wheeler’s body was found at a trash dump a couple of days after he was seen staggering down the hall of an office building. He kept repeating "I’m not drunk" He seemed stunned and disorientated yet nobody called for help. Those who could have saved his life let the man wander out of the building unaided.
John Wheeler’s Body Found in Dump
John Wheeler was caught by a camera wandering the halls of an garage building, disheveled, without a coat and carrying one of his shoes in one hand while wearing the other. He was staggering and seemed disorientated. Wheeler told the office clerk his brief case had been stolen. He wanted the key to his car but his ticket was in his stolen briefcase. The problem was he didn’t have a car parked there.
Wheeler was caught on another camera the next day in an office building, still looking stunned and disheveled. He didn’t seem to know where he was or what his business was. He kept repeating that he wasn’t drunk. People asked if they could help him but he said no. Wheeler’s body was found a couple of days later at the Cherry Island garbage dump and ruled a homicide. Investigators do not know who might have killed him. They have determined that all stops made by the garbage truck before it arrived at the dump involved large commercial disposal bins in Newark, several miles from Wheelers house.
John Wheeler 66, was a military expert who served under three Republican administrations. He served in Viet Nam and worked as a consultant for the Mitre Corp located in Bedford, Mass. He wasn’t the type of man you would expect to find murdered in a landfill. Wheeler’s attorney said that he was representing Wheeler in a dispute over a couple’s plans to build a new home in the historic district of Old New Castle where Wheeler lived.
He was a quiet, humble kind of guy who wasn’t outspoken or difficult. It makes you wonder what happened to him during the last few days of his life. In the pictures of him staggering down the hall wearing one shoe and carrying the other in his hand, you could clearly see something was badly wrong. Someone should have called the police to help him. Who knows what had been done to him and who was waiting for him outside. The poor man was allowed to wander on out in the cold disorientated, without a coat and no one cared. What kind of creatures are we becoming anyway? Will life continue to be worth living if we can ignore those who need our help?
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