Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Bill Wheeler hasn't been seen since May 26, 2010. Wheeler traveled to Las Vegas, NV. to visit his wife and to retrieve his Toyota Pickup truck, espresso machine and other personal belongings. Friends and family say it was Wheeler's intention to relocate his vehicles and other assets to Everett as part of a plan to divorce his wife.
Wheeler was a proprietor of an Everett background-investigations agency and five Grab-N-Go coffee stands. He ran a few businesses in Las Vegas, and owned two homes there.
Wheeler arrived at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport around 10 that morning. Wheeler's brother-in-law, Mark Tetzlaff, picked him up at the airport about 10:15 and drove to Wheeler's wife's home in Spring Valley, west of the Vegas Strip. Wheeler's wife reportedly was the last person to see him at their residence in Vegas on May 26. She would tell police and friends that she and Bill talked amiably about money and family issues, then he left to get an espresso machin at his second home, off West Tropicana Avenue. Sometime that night Wheeler supposedly left for Seattle.
Since his arrival in Las Vegas, NV no one has heard or seen him other than the last known contacts. None of their stories of his disappearance coinside with telephone reports or neighbors testimony. He had not used his charge card since he bought his Seattle–Vegas one-way plane ticket.
His daughter reported him missing to police in Everett on June 2. Wheeler's girlfriend also filed a missing persons report.
Wheeler's pickup truck was found on May 29 abandoned and burned in California's high desert near Victorville, about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. The charred espresso machine was still in the truck's bed, where a flammable substance had been used to start the fire. Detectives found no other evidence of foul play in or around Wheeler's truck.
Wheeler's espresso stands made national headlines after five of his employees were investigated for performing lewd acts while serving coffee. The women were charged with prostitution. Wheeler denied knowing that his employees were breaking the law. He was not charged with any crimes in connection with the investigation.
Wheeler had experienced financial trouble in the months prior to is disappearance and owed large sums of money. Deep in debt, Wheeler was about to lose the two Vegas homes and a third in Snohomish County for failing to keep up mortgage payments. Both the FBI and IRS were looking into the possibility Wheeler has hidden money in offshore accounts.
He was scheduled for surgery for testicular cancer at the time of his disappearance.
Foul play is possible.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Snohomish County Sheriff's Office
Detective Brad Pince
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Detective Anthony Valencia