There were few better symbols of Bill Wheeler's life than his chartreuse espresso stand. The playhouse-style building in south Everett was one of the outlets where five of his sexpresso baristas were busted for prostitution in late 2008. Police said they allowed customers to photograph them nude and touch their breasts from the drive-up lane. And now, like Bill Wheeler who landed in Las Vegas one day last year and then quickly disappeared, his sexpresso stand has also vanished.
It was towed away last week by court order after Wheeler, and now his widow Carol Wheeler--who took over the business after he either died or went into hiding--failed to keep up the stand's payments. The repossed structure was loaded onto a truck while a couple attorneys and Snohomish deputies stood by, the Heraldreports:
[Stand owner] Jenny Kim never wanted to sell the stand to Wheeler in the first place. Another party bought the stand and then immediately assigned the promissory note to Wheeler . . . With interest and attorney fees, Wheeler's company, BDW Services Inc., now owes more than $80,000, according to court documents.
A barista wearing thigh-high black leather boots, lacy black lingerie, and a garter threw on a winter coat and pulled some items out of the stand before it was trucked off.
The stand is now in storage, but nobody yet seems to know the whereabouts of Wheeler, or his body. Family members, including his widow and his son Bill Jr., are divided over whether he was murdered or slipped across the Mexican border in May, leaving behind a load of debt.
The younger Wheeler and his sister continue to do their own sleuthing, including consulting with psychics. They suspect his body is somewhere in the desert near the California-Nevada border.