According to a new report from CBS, authorities still do not know how DHS whistleblower ended up dead. Contrary to some other reports, his death has NOT been ruled a suicide.
Haney was a staunch critic of President Obama and wrote an Op-Ed titled “DHS ordered me to scrub records of Muslims with terror ties” in February of 2016.
A forensic autopsy will be performed and might shed some light on what is now still a mystery.
CBS 13 reports a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower was found shot to death in Amador County over the weekend, and contrary to previous reports, investigators haven’t classified his death as a suicide.
On Friday morning around 10 a.m., Philip Haney’s body was found in a park and ride open area immediately near State Highway 16 near State Highway 124 — about 40 miles east of Sacramento, according to the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.
“Everything we saw on-scene is consistent with somebody putting a gun to themselves and pulling the trigger,” said Amador County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Gary Redman. “We’re not making a statement that this was, in fact, suicide.”
Previous reports did indicate that it was a suicide but deputies haven’t made that determination yet.
“Every death that occurs in the county when it comes to something like this we treat and look at it as a homicide until we prove otherwise,” said Redman.
Authorities have requested help from the FBI to analyze documents, phone records, a laptop recovered from the scene, and from Haney’s RV. They’re also being asked to help analyze Haney’s vehicle, a firearm found at the scene, and Haney’s RV.