Report: Two Navy SEALs eyed in the strangulation of the Green Beret
A military medical examiner ruled murder by suffocation’ killed 34-year-old Staff Sgt. Logan, J. Melgar, while on a secret mission in Mali; the national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon.
Two Navy SEALs have been examined in the strangulation death of Army Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali in June reportedly offered the Green Beret of a reduction of the military money that they took, but he refused, according to a report.
Melgar faced with the two Navy SEALs after the discovery of their alleged scheme, where they allegedly took money for himself from a fund to be used for the payment of informants, the Daily Beast reported.
The two men tried to Melgar to be a member of the racket, but he declined the offer, according to the report. Melgar later ended up dead in what appeared to be a strangulation.
Whether the seals were involved in the death remained unclear, as the investigation continued. The commands were initially described as ‘witnesses’, but the authorities later changed to “persons of interest.” Officials said Melgar is the cause of death was “homicide by asphyxia.”
Melgar, 34, was found dead June 4 at the AMERICAN Embassy housing he shared in Mali with a number of other special operations personnel working in West Africa on the training and the fight against terrorism mission, the New York Times reported.
There are no charges so far in connection with the murder, but two members of SEAL Team 6 – the famous counterterror unit death of Osama Bin laden in 2011, were placed on administrative leave, pending investigation, according to the Times.
The Seals allegedly told their military leaders that they found Melgar and tried to save him, according to the Daily Beast. They also said Melgar had been drunk that night as he was with hand-to-hand fighting exercises.
The autopsy, however, showed no signs of drugs or alcohol use, according to the report.