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Earlier this month, we reported on Feb. 23rd that the body of an Obama-era DHS Whistleblower was found along a roadside.

The cause of death was an apparent gunshot wound, according to authorities, and the body was found about 40 miles east of Sacramento, California.

Philip Haney was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and his job was to identify people with links to terror groups.

Haney was a whistleblower who was an outspoken critic of the administration of former President Barack Obama.

If not for political correctness, Haney believed attacks, such as the 2015 San Bernardino shooting in which 14 people were killed and 22 others were seriously injured, could have been prevented.

The sheriff and coroner Martin A. Ryan shared the initial details of the case. Soon after the body was discovered, additional reports quickly surfaced that authorities had ruled that the death was a “suicide.”

However, now everything has changed.

“The Amador County Sheriff’s Office said the death of Philip Haney, a former Department of Homeland Security official during the Obama administration, is still under investigation and has not been conclusively ruled as a suicide,” the Washington Examiner reported.

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The Sheriff’s office announced, “Unfortunately, there was misinformation immediately being put out that we have determined Mr. Haney’s death to be a suicide. This is not the case.”

“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,” the statement continued.

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“No determination will be made until all evidence is examined and analyzed,” it concluded.

Haney, 66, was found dead with a bullet wound on Friday morning about 40 miles east of Sacramento, California, in a park-and-ride open area immediately adjacent to state Highway 16 and near state Highway 124, according to law enforcement authorities.

“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 sheriff’s office statement explained.

Sheriff’s investigators conducted a neighborhood canvas and interviewed Haney’s RV park neighbors on the day of the incident. They also examined “key areas for any video surveillance that may exist from that time.” A forensic autopsy has been scheduled to be performed by forensic pathologists from the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.

“Additionally, we have reached out to our law enforcement partners in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist in analyzing documents, phone records, and a laptop that were recovered from the scene and Mr. Haney’s RV,” the sheriff’s office said, adding that authorities are also in possession of his vehicle, RV, and the firearm located at the scene.

The FBI was called to process these items as evidence as well, and the investigation is still active.

Haney was a government whistleblower during his time at the DHS. He testified in 2016 before the Senate Judiciary Committee that his agency ordered him to erase hundreds of files on people with connections to Islamist terrorist organizations, arguing that several terrorist attacks could have been stopped if certain files were not deleted.