by Rick Boone

AMADOR COUNTY (CBS13) — 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.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office is also scheduled to perform a forensic autopsy.

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Investigators have spoken with neighbors at the RV park where Haney lived, which is three miles away from where his body was found, and have looked for surveillance video that may have captured footage that could lead to clues in his death.

“We are currently in the beginning phase of our investigation and any final determination as to the cause and manner of Mr. Haney’s death would be extremely premature and inappropriate,” said Redman. “No determination will be made until all evidence is examined and analyzed.”

Haney was a former Department of Homeland Security officer. In 2016, he published a book titled “See Something, Say Nothing,” in which he claimed the Obama administration was not taking the threat of terrorism seriously.






Comments (36)
  1. RIP Vince says:

    They spelled Arkancide wrong
    jus sayin

  2. NutBuster says:

    Another ARKANCIDE – er, maybe it should be a CHICAGOCIDE

  3. matismf says:

    I have no doubt that he indeed killed himself. Just like Vince Foster and Jeffrey Epstein.

  4. Mort says:

    The bodies keep stacking up, don’t they?

  5. bill says:

    Retrubution for ratting out Obama or the Clintons is harsh.

  6. Sandra Lyons says:

    It is my understanding from friends that Mr. Haney was living in an RV so that he could evade detection by those who wished him ill. Public records were available to anyone if he recently filed for a marriage license. His address would have been listed. Judging from his background and the testimony of friends, committing suicide was not in his character. He did not have remorse over being a whistleblower. He knew the risks and was willing to take them because of his principles.

    1. OldGuy says:

      First, are condolences to the Haney family and to his friends.
      Second, I would hope that Amador County does not pinch pennies when conducting this gutsy former public servant’s autopsy including a broad toxicology panel specifically looking for GHB which is most commonly over-looked.
      Third, GSR and blood splatter; is everything consistent with suicide or a staged suicide?
      And last, any CCTV cameras in the area might also produce telltale leads.
      Only a dedicated coroner and an experienced medical examiner are able to reconstruct the events preceding death since the deceased cannot speak for himself.

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  8. jiminhouston says:

    A Vince Foster Arkancide no doubt about it.

  9. Bruce Pestell says:

    No note. No indications of depression. No reason to kill himself. Original statement was the death being investigated as a homicide.

  10. search4truth1 says:

    He was murdered for.his views of Obama’s administration OBVIOUSLY.

  11. Jim says:

    He was Epstein’s

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