Widow: Hitman May Be Behind Wheeler's Death

By Brandon Benavides
|  Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011  |  Updated 10:45 AM EDT
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New Clues in Murder Mystery

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John Wheeler was found dead New Years Eve.

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The widow of a Pentagon official found dead in a landfill said she thinks a professional hitman may be involved.

Katherine Klyce told Slate.com she believes her husband, John Wheeler, was targeted because no one responded to a $25,000 reward.
 
"I think perhaps no one has been on the reward because they've already been paid," she told Slate. Then there's the way Wheeler's body was apparently moved from Wilmington, Del., to the Dumpster in Newark, N.J.   "The way they disposed of his body, it's a miracle anybody ever found it. That just sounds like a pro to me," she told the publication.
 
To add more intrigue, a neighbor said he was watching the Wheeler's home and found the house ransacked, but there was no sign of a break-in.
           
Wheeler's body was found in a Delaware landfill Dec. 31.  A medical examiner determined Wheeler died of blunt force trauma injuries. The family lawyer said they only learned of the coroner’s findings through media reports.
 
Wheeler was a former officer in the U.S. Army. He was also a Vietnam veteran and the first chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Wheeler led the multi-million dollar venture to create the memorial wall in Washington.
 
Wheeler served in the administrations for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was also the special assistant to the secretary of the Air Force.

Wheeler traveled daily from his home in Wilmington to Washington for work.

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