WILMINGTON, Del. – Police in Delaware say surveillance video shows a prominent national defense expert confused and disoriented in a downtown office building hours before his body turned up at a landfill.
Newark Police Lt. Mark Farrall said Wednesday that John Wheeler refused help from several people who approached him as he wandered around the Nemours (nih-MOORS') Building in Wilmington as late as 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Wheeler's body was found Friday in a load of trash dumped at the Cherry Island Landfill. Police are investigating the death as a homicide.
The 66-year-old New Castle resident was an Army officer during the Vietnam War. He served in the administrations of three Republican presidents and helped get the Vietnam War Memorial built.
It's very strange and did you know that he was an expert in chemical weapons?
"He could be consumed by data: while an Army officer, he wrote the first Biological and Chemical Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manual, and the accompanying analysis supporting the government's decision not to use biological weapons."
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