In late October, it was announced the death of Sergeant Logan J. Melgar at United States embassy housing in Bamako, Mali had been ruled a homicide by strangulation, and two Navy SEALs, who had been staying in the same building had been officially placed under suspicion - now, it's been suggested Melgar may have been killed to stop him speaking out about the theft of funds by the elite team.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) are still piecing together the chain of events that led to his death.
Brig. Gen Donald Bolduc, who is the Commander of the Special Ops Command-Africa, was allegedly skeptical of the SEALs stories and the initial reports about Melgar's death, and told commanders in Mali to preserve any evidence.
A pair of Navy SEALs on a secret mission in Mali may have strangled a Green Beret soldier after he stumbled upon their plot to siphon cash from confidential informants, according to a Daily Beast report. Then the autopsy found Melgar had died of "homicide by asphyxiation", and they changed their story. The website attributes its information to two special operations sources.
It's still unclear what occurred during the June 4 altercation, but Melgar lost consciousness and stopped breathing.
The report cites five special operations sources, two of whom said his housemates were pocketing an unspecified amount of cash and offered Melgar a chunk of their illicit earnings.
Melgar, who was a staff sergeant in the Army's Third Special Forces Group, had been living in Bamako, Mali, for a few months at the time of his death.
According to USA officials, he stopped breathing at around 5am and attempts to reopen his airway failed. The SEALs and another Green Beret then drove to a nearby French clinic seeking help, but he was dead prior to arrival due to asphyxiation.
Melgar then passed out, and their efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
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But it was a bad excuse because the autopsy report eventually came back, proving that there were no traces of drugs or alcohol in the Green Beret's system.
Authorities nearly immediately suspected foul play and have spent months investigating, The Times said.
However, the SEALs told superiors that Melgar was drunk during hand-to-hand fight exercises, the Daily Beast reported.
The scandal surrounding the potential murder of a Green Beret stationed in Mali by two US Navy SEALs in June has taken on an even more sinister dimension, with the allegation the slain elite troop had uncovered an embezzlement scheme run by the SEALs in question.
A new Daily Beast report now fills in some blanks, at least, according to members of the specials-ops community who spoke anonymously to the outlet.
Melgar, a graduate of Texas Tech University, joined the Army in 2012 and was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Melgar, a 34-year-old Texan, deployed to Afghanistan twice.
Melgar was a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, according to a statement from the US Army Special Command.