The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has increased the reward it is offering for information leading to an arrest in the murder of a popular 66-year old businessman last week.
The reward, originally posted at $2,000, was increased Monday to $10,000, as detectives tried to unravel what they described as an extremely violent crime.
Jerry Wheeler’s body was discovered by his son, Deputy Michael Wheeler at around 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to authorities.
“It was a brutal crime scene. We’re classifying it as a very violent attack,” said Chief Deputy Stan Copeland.
The crime scene was so “complex” that it required investigators three days to process it.
In fact, Copeland said, deputies with specially trained dogs were gathering evidence at the home in the 3800 block of Chattahoochee Drive over the weekend. Monday, the modest two-story frame house was still surrounded by crime scene tape.
Jerry Wheeler, who owned an automotive shop, was a popular man “without an enemy in the world,” said Copeland.
“We’re still trying to understand what the motive in this crime might have been.”
The neighborhood around Wheeler’s home was still full of law officers on Monday. A detective was talking with his next door neighbors while, down the street, corrections officials were searching a car in another neighbor’s driveway.