Real Name: John Parsons Wheeler III
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Date: December 30, 2010
Details: Jack Wheeler held many important positions throughout his lifetime: he was a chairman for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund; a senior planner for Amtrak; an official of the Securities and Exchange Commission; a CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving; consultant to the Mitre Corporation; and presidential aide to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Jack disappeared on December 28, 2010, after exiting an Amtrak train near Wilmington, Delaware. He was later seen on December 30 at 10th and Orange streets in Wilmington. On December 31, his body was discovered by a landfill worker as it fell onto a trash heap in the Cherry Island Landfill. His death was later ruled a homicide. His death was due to "assault" and "blunt force trauma". It was determined that all of the stops the garbage truck had made that day involved large commercial disposal bins in Newark, a few miles from Jack's home.
Prior to Jack's death, he was sighted several times. On December 29, he was sighted at the New Castle County courthouse parking garage. He was disoriented and wearing only one shoe. He tried to gain access of the garage on foot, claiming that he wanted to warm up before paying the parking fee. He told the attendant that his briefcase had been stolen. He also said that he was not intoxicated. It was later determined that his car was in a different garage.
Later that day, Jack asked a pharmacist in New Castle for a ride to Wilmington. He reportedly looked upset at the time. The pharmacist offered to call him a cab. He then left the store. On December 30, he was seen wandering around various office buildings, including Mitre and DuPont. Several people asked if he needed help, but he refused any assistance.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: This case was first released on October 19, 2020 as a part of the second volume of the Netflix reboot of Unsolved Mysteries.
- Jack Wheeler on Unsolved.com
- Jack Wheeler on Wikipedia
- Ex-Presidential Aide's Body Found in Landfill
- Who killed Jack Wheeler?
- He helped build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. How did he end up dead in a landfill?