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Wednesday
Jan052011

New Video Evidence Shows Dead Ex-Presidential Aide Disoriented

Photo Courtesy - ABC News (NEWARK, Del.) -- New video evidence in the death of Washington defense expert John Wheeler shows a man who was disoriented and disheveled.

The video, released by police Wednesday morning, shows Wheeler wandering around an office building lobby in downtown Wilmington, Del., holding a shoe in one hand and limping slightly.

Newark, Del., Police Lt. Mark Farrall said Wednesday that Wheeler refused help from several people who approached him as he wandered around the Nemours Building as late as 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30.

Wheeler's body was found the following day, New Year's Eve, in a load of trash dumped at the Cherry Island landfill. Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

Police say the trash truck that dumped the body provided the first leads in the case. They traced the truck's route and it lead them back to a dumpster pickup route in nearby Newark.

Investigators say they have yet to determine the location where Wheeler died, but are hoping that the dumpsters may hold some forensic clues. Police said Monday they don't know where he was killed, why he was killed, or who may have killed him. Investigators continue to scour the landfill for leads.

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