Logan Melgar discovered that two members of the Navy's elite SEAL Team 6 were pilfering money from a fund meant to pay anti-terrorism informants in the West African country. The website attributes its information to two special operations sources. Melgar died during an apparent altercation on June 4 at the U.S. Embassy in Bamako. However, the Daily Beast reported Melgar didn't have alcohol in his system, causing more doubt to surround the SEALs' version of events.
Melgar had informed his wife, Michelle, he was troubled about two of his partners selected for an intelligence operation in Mali, according to The Daily Beast.
Melgar didn't give her any more details over email, instead telling her that he'd give her the full story once he was home.
An unnamed AFRICOM official, however, told the Daily Beast that the autopsy report indicated no drugs or alcohol were found in Melgar's system, and at least one source believes he abstained from alcohol entirely.
According to United States officials, he stopped breathing at around 5am and attempts to reopen his airway failed. The outlet adds that Melgar's autopsy report was followed by the SEALs' claims that he was "grappling" with them when he ended up in a "chokehold".
When that failed to revive him, the two SEALs told another Green Beret on the operation that Melgar was unconscious, and the three of them took him to a French clinic for help.
Melgar's cause of death was asphyxiation, according to a defense official familiar with the findings of the medical examiner's report.
When the body of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Green Beret with the Army's 3rd Special Forces Group, was discovered in the diplomatic housing he shared with several other special operations forces in the Malian capital of Bamako, military officials with U.S. Africa Command immediately suspected foul play.
An official said jurisdiction for the investigation shifted from the Army investigation service to the Navy in September.
Melgar reportedly confronted two of the SEALs for stealing from a fund set up to develop informants on radical Islamic elements in Mali.
While Melgar's death could have been accidental, the subsequent SEAL cover-up detailed by The Daily Beast was clearly deliberate. The two SEALs and another Green Beret soldier allegedly took Melgar to the hospital, but it was too late, the report said.
He graduated from Texas Tech in 2006, and enlisted in the Army in 2012 as an off-the-street Special Forces recruit.
Melgar was a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, according to a statement from the US Army Special Command.
Melgar, a 34-year-old Texan, deployed to Afghanistan twice.