Breaking reports say that two Navy SEALs are now under investigation regarding the strangulation death of Army Sergeant Logan Melgar. The Seals were in Mali in June when they allegedly offered the Green Beret a cut of their military money scheme in exchange for his silence, but Melgar refused.
According to a report from the Daily Beast, Melgar then confronted the two Navy SEALs about their alleged cash scam, which involved pocketing money from a military fund used to pay informants.
When the SEALs attempted to get Melgar to become part of the racket, the Green Beret turned down the offer, the report said.
Melgar was later found dead of an apparent strangulation.
It is not clear whether the SEALs were involved in the death of Green Beret Melgar; the case is ongoing.
Investigating authorities have changed the description of the SEALs from “witnesses” to “persons of interest.”
Officials listed Melgar’s cause of death as “homicide by asphyxiation.”
34-year-old Melgar was found dead on June 4 at his U.S. Embassy housing. He shared accommodations in Mali with several other special operations personnel. He was working in West Africa performing training and counterterrorism missions, as reported by the New York Times.
So far, there have been no charges filed far in connection with the homicide, however; two members of the famed SEAL Team 6 were placed on administrative leave while the investigation is pending.
According to the Daily Beast report, The Navy SEALs told their military leaders that they discovered Melgar and tried to save him. The two men also claimed Melgar was intoxicated the night he died as he was taking hand-to-hand fighting exercises.
The autopsy report indicated that Melgar showed no signs of either drug or alcohol usage.
We will continue to update this report as more information become available.