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Former Grand Haven assistant superintendent found dead at the Ottawa County Jail

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Posted at 5:54 AM, Jan 28, 2022

OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police are investigating after the former Grand Haven Area Public Schools assistant superintendent died at the Ottawa County Jail.

On Thursday, January 27, at approximately 8 p.m., the Ottawa County deputies responded to a medical call at the Ottawa County Jail in the Fillmore Complex in West Olive.

Deputies say 56-year-old Brian Wheeler was found unresponsive in his cell. Medical assistance was provided by Ottawa County Jail corrections deputies and medical services. Advanced medical services were requested, and Life Ambulance responded to the scene. Efforts to resuscitate Wheeler were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased.

Wheeler is the former Grand Haven Area Public Schools assistant superintendent. He pleaded no contest earlier this week to embezzling nearly $1 million from the district.

Michigan State Police were contacted and responded to conduct an investigation into the death. The incident remains under investigation by the Michigan State Police.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Scott Grimes released a statement to FOX 17 regarding Wheeler’s death.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Wheeler's family, who have been through so much over the past few months. They are first in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time. The entire situation has been distressing for the GHAPS community."