Two Navy SEALs are under investigation for the strangulation of a Green Beret; they allegedly offered him some of the dirty money they were stealing—an offer that the Green Beret declined.
Sources told the Daily Beast that Army Sergeant Logan Melgar, 34, had discovered the racket while stationed in Mali. The scheme supposedly involved the SEALs pocketing money meant for informants.
Shortly before he died, Melgar reportedly told his wife that he would tell her more about two suspicious comrades, members of SEAL Team Six, when he returned home. That never occurred as the sergeant died under suspicious circumstances on June 4.
According to the Beast, an altercation occurred at around 5 a.m., resulting in Melgar losing consciousness. Sources claimed that he died before making it to a French clinic in Mali.
While the nature of the dispute is unknown, The New York Times reported that a medical examiner ruled Melgar’s death “a homicide by asphyxiation,” or strangulation. Two SEALs possibly involved in the deadly altercation were immediately flown out of Mali and placed on administrative leave.
The Times reported that one account given was that a SEAL put Melgar in a chokehold, which caused him to pass out. One of the commandos supposedly tried to revive the 34-year-old to no avail and they transported him to the clinic.
At the time, the SEALs allegedly told superiors that Melgar was drunk as they carried out fighting exercises. However, an official told the Beast that the autopsy revealed that he had no alcohol in his system when he died. The Intercept noted that one the SEALs being investigated, Petty Officer Anthony E. DeDolph, was a mixed-martial arts fighter.
No one has been charged in connection with the 34-year-old’s death. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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