Law enforcement reportedly discovered the body of the 66-year-old former U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official less than three miles from his home on February 21 in Amador Country, the coroner indicated in a statement to news outlets issued on Monday.
Amador County is located about 40 miles east of Sacramento.
The coroner’s statement came after the Amador County Sheriff’s Office reportedly indicated Haney’s death appeared to be the result of “a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound” to the chest, prompting news outlets to report the former DHS official’s demise as a suicide.
Gunshot wounds to the chest, however, are inconsistent with suicides, data reportedly show.
The FBI is assisting county authorities with the investigation, the coroner said, noting: