DOVER, Del. -- Police in Delaware say a prominent national defense consultant was seen alive in downtown Wilmington less than 24 hours before his body was found in a Newark landfill.

Newark police said Tuesday that John Wheeler III, of New Castle, was seen about 3:30 p.m. Thursday near the Hotel du Pont, blocks away from the office of an attorney who was representing Wheeler and his wife in a property dispute.

Wheeler's remains were found about 10 a.m. Friday. Police say he was killed.

The spot where Wheeler was seen is less than a mile from the Wilmington train station. Wheeler is believed to have used Amtrak for trips in and out of the nation's capital.

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