Nearly five months after a 34-year-old Army Green Beret was strangled to death in his embassy housing in the Malian capital of Bamako, military officials say investigators are looking into whether two members of the Navy's SEAL Team 6 are involved. Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar's body was discovered June 4 in housing he shared with other Special Operations forces. And while no arrests have been made, the two SEALS were flown out of the country almost immediately afterward and put on administrative leave, the New York Times reports. The SEALs were originally classified as "witnesses," but that designation was changed to "persons of interest."
A military medical examiner has ruled the death to be a homicide, sources tell the newspaper. Originally the Army's Criminal Investigation Command was investigating Melgar's death, but on Sept. 25 the case was taken over by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which is not releasing details about the investigation or a possible motive. “NCIS does not discuss the details of ongoing investigations,” says a spokesman. The Army has yet to release a statement about the incident. Read the full Times story. (Read more Seal Team Six stories.)