The Ghana Police Service has disclosed that the two US sailors who were found dead in a room at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel on New Year's Day were in the company of two women.
It also confirmed that the sailors had sex with the women and took pictures of the act. Furthermore, the two sailors have been identified as Petty Officer (First Class) Patrick Brendan Mack, 22, of Warren, Michigan, and Fireman Lonnie Lee Davis Jr, 35, of Riverdale, Georgia.
Both sailors were permanently assigned to the USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), an amphibious landing dock ship with its home base in Little Creek in Virginia.
The only survivor who was found unconscious but was revived later has been identified simply as Charles Clair Metayer.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service is currently developing the film of the pictures taken by the sailors and their lady partners before their bodies were found in the hotel room.
Confirming some details to the Daily Graphic in Accra yesterday, the Director-General of the CID, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Frank Adu-Poku, said information available to the police indicated that some other colleagues of the deceased were with them but they left the hotel for the ship, which was anchored on the Ghanaian coast.
He said when the film was developed, all those present would be identified to assist in the investigations.
DCOP Adu-Poku said the bodies, which were still at the Police Hospital morgue, were expected to be flown to Germany today for post-mortem to help establish the cause of death.
He said the police were trying to secure entry visas for the detectives and a pathologist to accompany the bodies to Germany for the post-mortem. The sailors, said to be on “on shore leave in West Africa”, were found dead in their hotel rooms in Accra on New Year's Day.
The two naval staff were part of the Africa Partnership Station (APS), an initiative recently launched by the US to support regional maritime security and safety in West and Central Africa.
It began the training of Ghana's Naval officers in Tema on November 20, 2007. The APS is a floating continuing education and training facility located on board the USS Fort McHenry, a 185-metre dock landing ship normally used to support amphibious operations, which is expected to impart knowledge on issues such as maritime security and fisheries protection to Ghanaian Naval officers.
Story by Albert K. Salia