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The family of former Pentagon official John P. Wheeler III is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in Wheeler’s slaying.

The Delaware medical examiner’s office announced Friday that Wheeler “died of blunt force trauma after being assaulted.”

“The family is distraught,” said Colm Connolly, the former U.S. attorney for Delaware, who is representing Wheeler’s widow, mother, children and siblings. “It’s compounded by the fact that they don’t know what happened. That’s a horrible position to be in.”

Connolly released a statement from the family:

“We are grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and concern we have received over the past few weeks and for the efforts of the law enforcement authorities to uncover the circumstances surrounding Jack’s death. We have suffered a heartbreaking loss and not knowing how Jack died amplifies the devastation we feel. Our hope in offering this reward is to encourage anyone who may have helpful information to come forward so that justice can be served.”

Wheeler’s body was discovered on New Year’s Eve at Wilmington’s Cherry Island landfill as a sanitation truck was unloading garbage it had picked up from metal trash bins in Newark, Delaware.

Source: Allan Chernoff for CNN.

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