Official: Wheeler's phone found near neighbor's home

Defense consultant and former presidential aide John Wheeler III, who served presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, was found dead in a Wilmington landfill December 31, 2010.

May 24, 2011 8:13:21 AM PDT
A Delaware official is confirming a development in the death of John Wheeler that Action News reported earlier this year - Wheeler's cell phone was recovered near his neighbor's unfinished home.

Alan Brown, the state's chief deputy fire marshal, told The News Journal of Wilmington John Wheeler's cell phone was found "on the ground" by police and fire investigators who were called to scene of a smoke bomb attack on a neighbor's home on Dec. 28. Wheeler's body was found in a Delaware landfill on Dec. 31.

Brown says the cell phone was turned over to Newark police, who are investigating Wheeler's slaying.

Action News reported the discovery of the phone back in January.

Wheeler and his wife had a longstanding court dispute with the owners of the New Castle home where the smoke bombs were tossed. The couple objected to the construction of the home because it blocked their view of the Delaware River.