Two US Sailors Found Dead in Ghana Hotel

Local officials and Navy investigate deaths during shore leave
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 7:13 AM CST
Senegalese military policeman Abdoulaye Dembele stands guard alongside the hull of the USS Fort McHenry, a landing dock ship on a half-year training exercise through the Gulf of Guinea, at the port in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two American sailors have been found dead in a hotel room while on shore leave in Ghana, Reuters reports. The cause of death remains unknown and the names of the soldiers have not been released, but "currently there is no suggestion of foul play," according to a Navy spokesman. Ghanaian authorities are investigating the death with the help of Navy officials.

The two soldiers were stationed aboard the Fort McHenry, based in Virginia and docked in Tema, a port town about 18 miles from the capital of Accra. The soldiers were there to train West African navies to combat drug smuggling and bolster maritime defenses. The Navy said the mission will continue as planned.