Jordan to investigate mysterious death of American defense contractor
The president of an American defense firm fell to his death from the second floor of a deserted building in Amman, security officials said Thursday, three days after his body was found.
John Zinn, 33, president and chief executive officer of Defense Venture Group, was in Jordan, for a military show when he died Tuesday "after suffering an accident while on a business trip," his company said, according to the AP.
Four senior Jordanian officials said Zinn's body was found lying behind a wall in the basement of an abandoned building in Amman's Hay al-Masraweh district. The district is mainly inhabited by Egyptian, Filipino and other Asian domestic workers.
Dr. Momen al-Hadidi, who is Jordan's chief forensic expert and performed an autopsy on the body, conveyed Zinn died of "severe internal bleeding caused by head and body fractures resulting from a fall from a high elevation."
A top security official said an investigation showed that Zinn was "highly intoxicated."
A third official said Jordanian intelligence has taken over the investigation because of the "suspicious circumstances" surrounding Zinn's death.