Police in south Georgia are exploring after two U.S. Naval force mariners were discovered dead at a home four days separated. They found his vehicle outside a friend's home on Spinnaker Circle on Thursday.
Petty Officer First Class Brian Jerrell, a sailor assigned to the Trident Training Facility, was found dead of an apparent drug overdose in his off base residence on October 12, Navy Cmdr. Bell agreed and the friend found Jarrell laying face down on the floor in a bedroom.
Jarrell told his wife he wasn't feeling well while the family was at Disney World last Wednesday for his daughter's birthday.
Police found Bell lying on his back on the couch, unresponsive, with a white foamy substance coming from 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.
Kingsland Police Department is investigating the case with the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
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The Navy released the following statement, according to First Coast News: "Tragically, we have lost two Sailors to apparent drug overdose".
One of Bell's neighbors, who did not identify herself, said their deaths were a shock. "With all the kids around, we never expected this, especially at that house", she told News4jax.com, an independent station licensed to Jacksonville, Florida. She added that all the sailors at the base were ordered to undergo urinalysis following the incident.
Referring to the deaths, Navy Commander Sarah Self-Kyler said, "The submarine force and Kings Bay leadership are taking these events seriously".
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.