Seattle sailor missing in Afghanistan; Taliban claims capture

The Pentagon has released the name of a sailor who went missing last week in Afghanistan and is presumed to be in the hands of the Taliban.

The Pentagon lists Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove as “whereabouts unknown.” The Pentagon is not confirming that Newlove was captured.

The Taliban has said militants captured the U.S. sailor after a firefight in a Taliban-controlled area. Newlove is 25 and from Renton, Wash.

The Pentagon also confirmed the name of a sailor who was killed in the same incident. He was Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley. He was 30 and from Wheatridge, Colo.

Newlove and McNeley left their Kabul base Friday for a trip to the Charkh District of Logar Province, where the Taliban have a strong presence.

The Taliban claim to have captured one of the men and killed the second.

NATO officials confirm that they have recovered the body of McNeley, 30, according to The Denver Post and North County Times, which covers California’s San Diego County and cited an e-mail by McNeley’s father’s, George McNeley.

While not confirming the second sailor is being held hostage, NATO officials released a statement Tuesday that said the coalition “holds the captors accountable for the safety and proper treatment of our missing service member.”

The missing sailor’s family declined to comment to reporters on Monday.

The search by Afghan and international forces also has resulted in the detention of six people who either were directly responsible for or accommodated the attack on the sailors, according to Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a NATO spokesman.

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