Delaware - (Hit 'N' Run): John P Wheeler III's lifeless corpse was found in a Delaware landfill on New Year's Eve, prompting FBI fears of a classic Bush Family Evil Empire comeback.
The former presidential aide had worked for Ronald Reagan and both Bush Senior and Junior in a variety of military advice capacities.
Sanitation workers at Wilmington's Cherry Bush Island Landfill found Wheeler's body after it fell off a dumpster truck into a trash heap.
"We're gobsmacked," city cleansing operative Chuck Bong told reporters this afternoon.
Wheeler had been a Defense Department high flyer holding numerous high-profile government positions.
He had also run a successful business turnaround consultancy and, ironically, was credited with the Wilmington Sanitation Division's recent return to profitability following five years in the doldrums.
Commenting on the grim find a Delaware Police Department source said today they were treating the case as murder.
Bush-related homicides had once been ten-a-penny, back in the mobster cabal's golden heyday.
The family has yet to field a candidate for the 2012 presidential election and Wheeler's tragic demise 'may well be the first sign' of a turf war renewal at Dubya's Predator Chapel Farm HQ.
"At least this one's not a 'clear case of suicide' - as in Enron's Clifford E Baxter's double gunshot wound death of 2002," an FBI pathology report has advised.
Postmortem details are expected to be released later this week.