Delaware police investigating the death of a prominent former Pentagon aide whose body ended up in a Wilmington landfill on New Year's Eve released details of another video surveillance sighting today.
The video shows Wheeler exiting the Nemours building in downtown Wilmington at the 11th Street exit, said Newark Police Lt. Mark A. Farrall. Farrall said Wheeler was wearing dark pants and a dark blue sweatshirt with the hood up, a change from video footage from the previous night when he wore a dark business suit and white shirt.
After leaving the building, Wheeler walks southeast on 11th Street past and through the Hotel DuPont valet parking area, crosses over Market Street, and is last observed at 8:42 p.m. walking on the west sidewalk of 11th Street, Farrell said.
The footage captures Wheeler less than 14 hours before his body tumbled from a sanitation truck being emptied into the Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington.
Previously, the last Wheeler sighting reported by police was inside the Nemours Building in downtown Wilmington at 8:30 p.m.
Police said Wheeler, a 1966 West Point graduate who was working as a defense contractor, was scheduled to travel by train from Washington to Wilmington on Dec. 28. He lived with his wife, Katherine Klyce, in New Castle. Police said she was out of town.
Witnesses who saw Wheeler on Dec. 29 and 30 in Wilmington said he appeared confused and disoriented.
Farrall said police, who have classified the death as a homicide but have not explained why, are trying to determine where Wheeler spent the night of Dec. 29 and how he ended up in a Newark trash bin.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Newark Det. Nicholas Sansone at 302-366-7110 ext. 135, or by e-mailing him at Nick.Sansone@cj.state.de.us. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, where a reward may be available.
The case has attracted international attention because of Wheeler's background, which included successfully pushing for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, advising Pentagon brass, and serving as the first chief executive of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
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