Friday, January 7, 2011

Time Line of John Wheeler's Final Days.

From Delaware Online.


Dec. 13

• John P. Wheeler III parks his vehicle in a garage on Martin Luther King Boulevard near the Wilmington Train Station.

• Neighbor later reports that for four days over Christmas, a television in Wheeler's Third Street home in Old New Castle was blaring around the clock.

Dec. 28

• Wheeler is believed to be on an Amtrak train from Washington to Wilmington.

• 11:30 p.m.: Firefighters discover a smoke bomb in a house under construction across the street from Wheeler's. He and that home's owners had been involved in a legal dispute. Officials have not linked Wheeler's death to the smoke bomb incident.

• State fire officials report that several low-powered devices -- commonly used to smoke out small animals -- caused minor damage. Fire officials say they have no suspects but investigators had hoped to speak to Wheeler about the incident.

Dec. 29

• 6 p.m.: Wheeler enters the Happy Harry's drugstore on Del. 9 in New Castle and asks the pharmacist for a ride to Wilmington. The pharmacist offers to call a cab. Wheeler declines and leaves.

• 6:40 p.m.: Wheeler enters the parking lot adjacent to the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington holding his right shoe in his left hand and tells a Colonial Parking attendant his briefcase has been stolen. He is seen on surveillance video shuffling back and forth, apparently confused and disoriented. He leaves about 25 minutes later.

Dec. 30

• 3:30 p.m.: Wheeler is spotted in the area of 10th and Orange streets in Wilmington.

• 8:30 p.m.: Surveillance video captures Wheeler wandering through the Nemours Building at 10th and Orange streets. Several individuals approach him, because he appears disoriented or confused. But Wheeler declines their help. He's dressed differently than the previous day.

Wheeler's body ends up in a Newark trash bin.

Dec. 31

• 4:20 a.m.: A Waste Management refuse truck starts its route through Newark emptying trash bins, including the one containing Wheeler's body.

• 10 a.m.: Wilmington police are called to investigate a body found at Cherry Island Landfill.

• Medical Examiner's Office rules the death a homicide.

• 2 p.m.: Newark police are contacted after it is determined the body came from there.

Jan. 2

• Newark police identify the 66-year-old Wheeler as the victim.

• Newark police crime-scene team spends the day at Wheeler's home.

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