Noted cyberwarfare expert and former U.S. government official John Wheeler's body was discovered on New Years Eve in a Delaware landfill, apparently the victim of a homicide.
Wheeler was scheduled to travel by train from Washington, D.C. to Wilmington, Delaware three days prior to the discovery, but it is unclear whether or not he made the trip as planned.
Wheeler's family issued the following statement:
"As you must appreciate, this is a tragic time for the family. We are grieving our loss. Please understand that the family has no further comment at this time. We trust that everyone will respect the family's privacy."
Wheeler was a former official in the Reagan and Bush administrations, as well as a former Army staff officer during the Vietnam War. Wheeler was a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Among Wheeler's many accomplishments, he was an expert in cyberwarfare and counter-ops technologies, and advised the military on the establishment of Cyberspace Forces as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force.
Wheeler had also held the position of Secretary for the US Securities and Exchange Commission, was formerly the chairman and chief executive officer of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and spent a decade as chairman of the Vietnam War Memorial Fund.