I don't think LE has stated publicly that they know the cause of death, but they must by now. Wheeler's body was found Dec. 31st and the FBI has been on the case since.
The toxicology tests are to see if someone slipped him a mickey or he had some meds in his body.
Now, about the car confusion....The entire relay of info was disorderly. He is only seen without his shoe in one clip for a few minutes and in that one garage.
They should release EVERYTHING he was wearing when theyfound his body. Also, what is nearest to him in the dumpster should point to which dumpster he was in. Dumpsters pickup trucks aren't like blenders...more like making dough by hand.
Police have said it is a homicide, so you can definitely throw the suicide option off the table. John P. "Jack" Wheeler was a victim of foul play on 12/30th or early 12/31st.
Given the body was battered during the disposal process, perhaps even a compactor, etc., we can speculate he suffered a bullet wound, was knifed or was administered a mind-altering toxic substance that the ME quickly identified.
The author, Radell Smith, seems on top of the facts but her arguing that red herrings are a distraction is a disservice.
One often does not know what is a red herring until they have constructed a well supported theory. Even then it can be dangerous to ignore anything one knows about a matter. For instance, a single seemingly unrelated document out of 50 banker boxes can be a smoking gun.