Wheeler
A photo of John Wheeler supplied by his family to the Newark Police Department.

The final hours of John Wheeler's life included a visit to the Delaware office of the Small Business Administration near 10th and Orange streets in downtown Wilmington

Jayne Armstrong, Delaware District Director for the SBA Office issued the following statement, but would not comment on anything that took place during the encounter with staff at the office at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 30th.

"SBA cannot provide any comment on this matter; however, we can confirm that Mr. Wheeler briefly came in to the SBA office on Thursday, Dec. 30th. SBA staff has provided information on this to authorities and will continue to cooperate fully with them on this matter."

Wheeler worked as a business consultant and according to a published resume had experience in business turnarounds.

The Newark Police Department, earlier in the day, announced that a man matching the description of John Wheeler in the area of 10th & Orange Streets in Wilmington. He was seen at around 3:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 30th.

The department continues to seek further information on Wheeler's whereabouts after 3:30pm on December 30th.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Nicholas Sansone at 302-366-7110 ext. 135 or Nick.Sansone@cj.state.de.us. You can send an anonymous text message tip by texting 302NPD and your message to TIP411. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, where a reward may be available.

Wheeler's body was found in Wilmington's Cherry Island landfill on New Year's Eve morning.

It was determined that his body was thrown into a dumpster in the city of Newark. A spotter at the landfill saw the body coming out the Waste Management truck.

The Newark Police Department has taken the lead role in the investigation after it was determined that the body came from Newark and Wheeler's death was a homicide.

Wheeler, of New Castle, was a key player in the construction of the Vietnam War Memorial wall in Washington, D.C. and served as the first CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. At the time of his death, he was serving as a defense consultant.

Prior to the last sighting,. he was last seen taking an Amtrak train from Washington, D.C. to Wilmington.

On Monday, the Wheeler family stated that no comments would be made on the case. The family also released a new photo to Newark Police. The case became a national story on Monday as associates of Wheeler discussed his accomplishments and lengthy career in public service.

 

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