Navy investigating 2 SEALs for strangling death of Green Beret

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The New York Times was the first to report that two members of SEAL Team Six were under investigation for Melgar's death, saying his death was caused by strangulation at a USA government compound near the American embassy in Bamako, the capital.

Two members of the U.S. Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 are being investigated in the strangulation death of an Army Green Beret in Mali, according to reports Sunday.

The case was handed off last month to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service but no one has been charged as yet.

Melgar's superiors in Germany suspected foul play and immediately sent an investigator to the scene, the newspaper reported.

Military officials told CNN that a military examiner ruled Melgar's death while on assignment in the African nation of Mali as a homicide.

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"NCIS does not discuss the details of ongoing investigations", Ed Buice, the agency's spokesman, said in an e-mail, confirming that his agency took over the case on September 25. Right now, there are no charges, and the two SEALs, who have not been identified, are being described as "persons of interest".

"NCIS does not discuss the details of ongoing investigations", he said.

The 34-year-old Melgar had served through two Afghanistan tours before being deployed to Mali to assist with counterterrorism missions.

When contacted separately Saturday, Melgar's widow, Michelle, and his brother, Shawn, declined to comment.