Philip Haney, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower who was an outspoken critic of the administration of former President Barack Obama, was found dead Friday, February 21, 2020.
On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the Amador County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) released initial details regarding Haney's body being found in Amador County. Haney was located in a park and ride open area immediately adjacent to Highway 16 near Highway 124. Highway 16 is a busy state highway and used as a main travel route to and from Sacramento. The location is less than three miles from where Haney was living.
The ACSO have scheduled a forensic autopsy to be performed by forensic pathologists from the Sacramento County Coroner's Office. Additionally, they have reached out to law enforcement partners in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to assist in analyzing documents, phone records and a lap top that were recovered from the scene and from Haney's RV. The ACSO is currently in possession of Haney's vehicle, the firearm located at the scene, and Haney's RV and the ACSO will be requesting evidence processing assistance from the FBI on these items as well.
ACSO investigators conducted a neighborhood canvas and interviewed the RV park neighbors where Haney's RV was located on the day of the incident, along with checking key areas for any video surveillance that may exist from that time. The investigators are continuing to follow-up with the overwhelming number of persons calling the ACSO office from throughout the United States asking for detailed information on the investigation.
There was misinformation immediately being posted on social media that the ACSO had determined Haney's death to be a suicide. This is not the case. The ACSO is currently in the beginning phase of their investigation and any final determination as to the cause and manner of Haney's death would be extremely premature and inappropriate. No determination will be made until all evidence is examined and analyzed.
Haney, who worked for DHS for about 15 years, was also the author of "See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government's Submission to Jihad."
In November, Haney contacted the Washington Examiner about plans to publish a sequel to the book. Haney was recently in contact with DHS officials about a possible return to the agency, according to the Washington Examiner, adding that he was also engaged to be married.
This investigation is active and will be ongoing.