The strangulation death of a Green Beret has been unfolding into a complicated case of murder at the hands of two Navy SEALs. Army Sgt. Logan Melgar was murdered in Mali back in June. Melgar reportedly discovered a money laundering scheme and confronted the perpetrators: two Navy SEALs. Rather than risk exposure, they reportedly killed Sgt. Melgar.
“Melgar, 34, was found dead June 4 at the U.S. Embassy housing he shared in Mali with several other special operations personnel working in West Africa on training and counterterrorism missions,” Fox reports.
After confronting the SEALs about the discovery of the money laundering scheme, Melgar was reportedly offered a share of the money. The money came from a fund meant to pay off local informants for information. Melgar refused.
“Whether the SEALs were involved in the death remained unclear as the investigation continued,” Fox writes. The men were initally listed as witnesses. They’re now called “persons of interest,” as Melgar’s cause of death has been listed as homicide.
The SEALs in question, both members of SEAL Team 6, claimed Melgar had been drinking the night of his death and posed a hypothesis that he may have died practicing hand-to-hand combat. Yet the autopsy found no indication of inebriation.
As reported by The New York Times, Melgar was on assignment in Bamako, the capital of the West African nation of Mali.
Melgar’s superiors, located in Stuttgart, Germany, dispatched an investigation officer within 24 hours, military officials stated. Members of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command looked into the case for months before handing it off to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) last month.
The two SEALs have been placed on administrative leave and flown out of Mali.
Ed Buice, a spokesman for NCIS, stated, “NCIS does not discuss the details of ongoing investigations.” He did confirm that the agency took over the investigation on September 25.
Members of the Green Beret community, at the time of the death, speculated whether Melgar’s death was the result of a personal dispute among housemates or if he may have discovered illicit activities that involved the SEALs, leading them to silence him.
Melgar had two previous deployments to Afghanistan before being assigned in Mali.
Both Melgar’s widow, Michelle, and brother, Shawn, have declined to comment on the investigation. The US Army, as well as the Army’s Africa Command, have yet to issue a statement regarding Melgar’s death.