Cold Case: Who Killed Nockamixon Township Man in September 1980?

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A mysterious Upper Bucks County cold case that is nearly 40 years old is receiving new attention from Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers organization.

On their Crimewatch page Tuesday, PA Crime Stoppers profiled the cold case of 34-year-old Richard Wesley Wheeler–also known as Richard Cooper–who was found shot to death on Sept. 18, 1980 on a Nockamixon Township property where he was living in a camper.

Cold Case Wheeler

Credit: Pennsylvania State Police

Pennsylvania State Police say 34-year-old Richard Wesley Wheeler (aka Richard Cooper) was living in this small camper on a remote, wooded property in Nockamixon Township, Bucks County, when he was found shot to death on Sept. 18, 1980. Police and PA Crime Stoppers are shining new light on Wheeler’s death, which after 39 years is considered a cold case.

The wooded property is located on Center Hill Road about a mile south of Kintner Hill Road, in the Upper Black Eddy section of the township. That area is close to Rt. 611 (Easton Road), about two miles south of Kintnersville.

According to state police, at the time he was killed Wheeler was living in the camper with the permission of the property owner, who was not identified in the Crime Stoppers post. Police said the property owner lived nearby at the time of Wheeler’s death.

Police said Wheeler’s body was discovered by a construction worker who was doing some finishing work on a cottage that was being built/renovated on the property where Wheeler’s camper was located.

“Wheeler also maintained a property in Piscataway, N.J., and was self-employed as a long-haul, commercial truck driver (owner/operator),” authorities noted in the post.

Anyone with information about this cold case is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police Troop M’s Criminal Investigation Assessment (CIA) Unit at 610-861-2026 or Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477). All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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