One of two US sailors missing in Afghanistan since last week has been confirmed dead and his body recovered, a Nato spokesman said today.
The search continues for the other missing sailor, said Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale, a spokesman for Nato and US forces in Afghanistan.
The two Navy sailors went missing in the eastern province of Logar last Friday after an armoured sports utility vehicle was seen driving into a Taliban-held area.
Nato officials were unable to say what they were doing in such a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan.
The Taliban have said previously that they killed one of the two men in a firefight and captured the other.
Jim Kerr, a Colorado legislator from the south Denver suburb of Littleton, said the Navy sailor killed was his wife's nephew, Justin McNeley, 30. He said the family learned of his death yesterday. He said Mr McNeley's mother is in Kingman, Arizona, but declined to give her name.
Mr Kerr told The Denver Post that Mr McNeley, a non-commissioned officer and father of two sons, was due to return to the US in August.
The Taliban have said the captured sailor is in a "safe place" where he will not be found. The message also mentions Bowe Bergdahl, the only other US service member known to be in Taliban captivity.
Mr Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, disappeared June 30, 2009, in Paktika province, also in eastern Afghanistan. That area is heavily infiltrated by the Haqqani network, which has deep links to al-Qaida.
He has since appeared on videos posted on Taliban websites confirming his captivity.
New York Times reporter David Rohde was also kidnapped in Logar province while trying to make contact with a Taliban commander.
He and an Afghan colleague escaped in June 2009 after seven months in captivity, most of it spent in Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan.
Hundreds of flyers, with reprinted photos of the two missing sailors, have been distributed throughout Logar province where Nato troops were stopping vehicles, searching them and those inside.
The fliers say a $20,000 (€15,388) reward is being offered for information leading to the sailors' location.