Body of second missing sailor is recovered in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. military has recovered the body of the second of two American sailors abducted last week in a dangerous region south of Kabul, but it was not clear precisely how he had died.
The body thought to be that of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, 25, of Renton, Wash., was found Wednesday afternoon in Yousuf Khiel, a village in the Baraki Barak district.
The area, in southwestern Logar province, is adjacent to Charkh district, where the two sailors were abducted last week after they drove their armored SUV from a military base in Kabul.
U.S. and Afghan forces had been engaged in a wide hunt for the sailors and their kidnappers. Ghulam Mustafa Muhsini, the Logar provincial police chief, said a villager reported finding Newlove’s body to the Afghan police about noon Wednesday. A team of NATO and Afghan forces then recovered the body, which was still clad in a uniform, he said.
The body of the first sailor, Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley, 30, of Wheatridge, Colo., had been recovered Sunday.
According to local Afghan authorities, McNeley was thought to have been wounded during a firefight when militants abducted the two sailors, and he died from his wounds. A Taliban spokesman also said the first sailor had died from wounds sustained during the abduction.
On Thursday, Muhsini said that he did not know how Newlove had died and that, among members of the recovery team that retrieved the body, only the Americans were allowed to get close enough to have observed any wounds.
On Sunday, the Taliban spokesman said the second sailor was alive but did not mention his condition in detail, saying only that Taliban leaders were waiting to decide what to do with him. The spokesman could not be reached for comment Thursday.