Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Kings Bay sailors found dead were best friends, neighbors 'shocked'

Kings Bay sailors found dead were best friends, neighbors 'shocked' Kings Bay sailors found dead were best friends, neighbors 'shocked'
Melinda Barton | 18 October, 2017, 23:47

Authorities say two USA sailors died of apparent drug overdoses in the last week.

The sailors, Ty Bell and Brian Jarrell, served at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and were found dead days apart at a Georgia home.

His shipmates later found Jarrell at the Spinnaker Circle home, owned by Bell. When Petty Officer 2nd Class Ty Bell came back, he found his home was an active crime scene and learned of the death. Jarrell was found dead, face down, in a back bedroom.

Navy says deaths were likely caused by drug overdoses.

"Initial indications are apparent drug overdose", Lt. Joe Painter, public affairs officer and commander for Submarine Group 10, told WJAX-TV.

Four days later, a Navy chief went to the same Spinnaker Circle house when Bell had not reported to duty and didn't respond to phone calls.

The second death was discovered Sunday morning, when Bell, also a sonar technician attached to the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming, failed to report for duty. Looking through the door, the two sailors saw Bell laying on the couch.

Law enforcement and EMS personnel entered the house and noticed a white foamy substance by his nose. Kingsland Police were called out to the residence around 4:40 p.m. Crews checked his vitals and determined he was dead at the scene.

"We take this very seriously", Self-Kyler said.

She also said that commanders at the submarine base instructed to review their drug testing programme.

Navy policy requires a minimum of 15 percent of a command's sailors undergo drug screening each month, with at least four random testing days.

"Tragically, we have lost two sailors in less than a week to an apparent drug overdose", Sarah Self-Kyler, a spokesperson for US Submarine Forces, confirmed on Tuesday.

Drug and alcohol counseling is also available for sailors, "as well as representatives at each command who are trained counselors and can provide referral services to ensure medical care or counseling services, if they need them", Self-Kyler said. The investigations into their deaths are ongoing with support from Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Bell was 26 and Jerrell was 25, according to the Navy.