Body found of expert who advised U.S. not to use bioweapons

The body of a U.S. military expert who advised the United States against the use of biological weapons was recently found in a Delaware landfill.

Investigators have said that they are trying to retrace John Wheeler III’s steps in the days leading up to his death. Wheeler had not been reported missing and was scheduled to be on board an Amtrak train from Washington, D.C., to Wilmington, Delaware. It is not known whether he made the trip, according to

Wheeler’s body was found on New Year’s Eve as a garbage truck emptied at the Cherry Island landfill. The death has been ruled a homicide. The home he shared with his wife, Katherine Klyce, is only miles from commercial bins on the truck’s pickup route. It is not considered a crime scene.

"We don't have a crime scene at this point," Newark police spokesman Lt. Mark Farrall said, according to Farrall said that investigators have no leads in the case.

Wheeler was the son of a decorated Army officer and followed in his father's footsteps when he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He worked for three Republican administrations - Ronald Reagan’s and both of the Bush administrations.

In the office of the Secretary of Defense, Wheeler wrote a manual on the effectiveness of biological and chemical weapons and recommended that the United States use neither.

Wheeler went on to study at Harvard Business School and Yale Law School. He was the second chairman of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.