The death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, is being investigated by the Navy Criminal Investigative Service, as a possible homicide
Two members of the Navy’s elite commando unit on a secret mission in the West African nation of Mali may have strangled a Green Beret soldier after he stumbled upon their plot to siphon cash from a fund destined for confidential informants, the Daily Beast reports.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service, NCIS, is probing the June 4 death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar and whether the elite sailors were responsible. Sources familiar with the investigation, believe the respected veteran soldier discovered illegal activity by a pair of servicemen and was silenced.
The dead Green Beret sergeant’s alcohol intake history became a key to unraveling the cover story allegedly, spun by the members of the Navy’s SEAL Team Six, whom military investigators now suspect killed Sgt. Melgar, according to inside sources familiar with the case.
The report cites five special operations sources, two of whom said Melgar’s housemates were pocketing an unspecified amount of cash and offered him a chunk of their illicit earnings. He declined, their overtures and paid with his life.
the initial reports by the New York Times states that the 34-year-old soldier was later found dead, from asphyxiation in embassy housing in Bamako.
The Texas Tech, graduate was a member of the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group. He was specifically selected for an intelligence operation with the U.S. Africa command in the West African nation.
The U.S. embassy in Bamako, Mali. Army sergeant Logan Melgar was found dead in embassy housing on June 4
Shortly before his suspected murder, Melgar had grown suspicious of his partners in counter-terrorism and expressed those misgivings to his wife, Michelle.
He told Michelle he had a bad feeling about two of his partners, both members of SEAL Team Six, pledging to tell her more about it when he returned home.
Sgt. Melgar allegedly, discovered the two SEALs were pocketing some of the money from the informant fund. The suspects offered to cut him in, but Melgar declined, these sources said.
It is unknown what specifically started the June 4 altercation at 5 a.m. but it escalated. Melgar lost consciousness, and stopped breathing. The SEALs made futile attempts to open an airway in Melgar’s throat, officials said.
The SEALs and another Green Beret, drove the victim to a nearby French clinic seeking help, the staff sergeant was dead when he arrived at the clinic. Cause of death was ruled as asphyxiation.
In an apparent panic, the DailyBeast reports, the SEALs told superiors that Melgar was drunk during ‘combatives’, that is, hand-to-hand fighting exercises.
The accused SEALs told their superiors, that Melgar had been drinking and died while practicing combat exercises. The suspects reportedly, filed at least one operational report about the incident and possibly two, including an account that Melgar was drunk.
Petty Officer Anthony E. DeDolph [left], a member of SEAL Team 6, has been put on administrative leave following the death of a Green Beret Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, [right]. Source: Theintercept
The SEALs’ story was unraveling, as a former AFRICOM official who saw the autopsy report noted: “It was the worst excuse the SEALs could have made up. The autopsy report said no drugs or alcohol were found in Melgar’s system,” the former official said.
Furthermore, according to the Intercept, one of the SEALs, Petty Officer Anthony E. DeDolph, was a mixed-martial arts pro.
For now, as NCIS has an active investigation into Melgar’s death after “the case was transferred to NCIS from Army CID on September 25,” sources said.
At least one of the men suspected to be at the heart the ‘informant cash’ homicide investigation, Anthony E. DeDolph, has been put on administrative leave following the death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar. Petty Officer Anthony E. DeDolph, is a member of SEAL Team 6.
However, no one has been charged in the case, but DeDolph and his teammate are now considered “persons of interest” NCIS sources said.