Former Reagan and Bush aide found murdered in rubbish dump

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A veteran of Republican presidential administrations, including those of Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, has been found dead in a dump in Delaware.

The body of John Wheeler III, who also helped lead efforts to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, was discovered on New Year's Eve as a rubbish truck emptied its contents at a landfill. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Wheeler, 66, retired from the military in 1971 and lived in Delaware state. He had worked in the Reagan Defence Department and also served as a special assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force in the George W Bush administration.

The former Army officer reportedly was last seen Dec. 28, on the train from Washington to the Delaware capital, Wilmington.

Police have determined that all the stops made Friday by the garbage truck before it arrived at the landfill involved large commercial disposal bins, several miles from Wheeler's home....

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