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Wheeler: Super Bloodshot Eyes

January 6, 2011 - 12:58 PM | by: Eric Shawn

John Wheeler walked into a Wilmington, Delaware sandwich shop less than 24 hours before he was killed and had “super bloodshot eyes,” according to the person who sold him coffee. The clerk, who did not want to be identified, says he thought Wheeler was homeless and that clearly something was wrong.

“His eyes were the most bloodshot I have ever seen,” he told Fox News, saying that it appeared he had been wearing the same clothes for a long time, because the cuffs on his white shirt were filthy. But the clerk said when Wheeler started to talk, he appeared to interact normally and was mentally aware, ordering a cup of coffee. He told us he did not appear to be confused and disoriented as others have said, and that he sold him coffee at about 8 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, December 30th.

Wheeler also supposedly said  he  “worked for a government agency,” but refused to identify it when asked.

The mystery surrounding his death continues, and police say it also looks like he changed clothes at some point during his apparently aimless wandering around downtown Wilmington, Delaware.

Video from various surveillance cameras show Wheeler dressed in a dark jacket, pants and white shirt. Those videos are from Wednesday, December 29th. But the last time he was seen on video from a camera at the Nemours office building in Wilmington at 8:30 p.m. on the next day, Thursday December 30th, he switched some clothing, according to Lt. Mark Farrall.  The tapes have not been released and Farrall did not know what Wheeler was wearing. The tapes show Wheeler looking disoriented and confused, as witnesses have claimed.

“That is still a mystery to us and that is what our investigators are working on, and one of the things we are working on is where did he go after he was spotted on the 29th in the parking garage until the next day when was spotted in the Nemours building,”  Farrall said.

Others have raised the possibility that Wheeler could have also suffered a medical incident, such as a minor stroke, that rendered him somewhat mentally incapacitated. Police say that prospect is being investigated by the Medical Examiner’s office.

“I don’t believe it,”  said long-time Wheeler friend Carol Logan. “He couldn’t have had a stroke. Someone had to attack him. He’s not that type of person…there’s something that doesn’t add up.”

Wheeler apparently spent time Thursday sleeping in the Nemours building before he was last seen alive.