Two Navy SEALs are being investigated on whether they strangled an Army Green Beret in June while they were in Mali on a secret assignment. As The New York Times shares, 34-year-old Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, was found dead in the embassy housing he shared in Bamako on June 4. He was there with other Special Operations forces for training and counterterrorism missions in the country.
Melgar was reportedly choked. His death was ruled to be “a homicide by asphyxiation" per sources familar with the autopsy. The two Navy SEALs who are being investigated in the death have not been identified. They were flown out of the country following the incident and have been put on administrative leave.
The Daily Beast shares that it is not clear what caused the attack. According to special operations forces, Melgar allegedly found that the SEALs were stealing money from a fund that was meant to be used for informants. It is also alleged that the SEALs offered to give him some of the illicit money but he refused.
Following the discovery of Melgar's body, sources say that the SEALs told their superiors that Melgar was drunk during the time of the attack. Many have contradicted this assertion, stating that his autopsy was clean. Others claim that Melgar never drank alcohol at all. The SEALs and another Green Beret reportedly drove Melgar to a nearby French clinic following the attack. Melgar was dead when he arrived per officials.
Melgar was a Texas native. After graduating college in 2006, he enlisted in 2012 and joined the Army as an 18X—an off-the-street Special Forces recruit. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification course in 2016. “Staff Sgt. Melgar did what most only dream of and excelled at every turn!” wrote a representative for his family. “His life was epic! He is missed dearly every single day, but his legacy lives on.”
[Photo: Family photo]