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Philip Haney

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office is weeks away from releasing any information on the investigation into the death of Philip Haney, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower, who was an outspoken critic of the administration of former President Barack Obama.

Haney was found dead on Friday, February 21, 2020, in a park and ride open area adjacent to Highway 16 near Highway 124, less than three miles from where Haney was living. A forensic autopsy is being performed by forensic pathologists from the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office. Additionally, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is assisting the ACSO in analyzing documents, phone records and a laptop recovered from Haney’s RV, as well as Haney’s vehicle and a firearm located at the scene.

There has been no additional information into the investigation into Haney’s death released at this time. Martin Ryan, Amador County Sheriff/Coroner, stated that the investigation would be a long, but thorough process in an interview shortly after Haney’s body was discovered. Results are not expected to be released for at least two weeks.