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US ship deaths: Autopsies scheduled next week

Updated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 | 4:38 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The police in the island nation of Seychelles say autopsies will be performed next week on the bodies of two former U.S. Navy SEALs found dead on a ship,

Maersk Line said in a statement on Thursday that drugs were found in the room of the Maersk Alabama where the two men were found on Tuesday. The Maersk Alabama was the focus of a 2009 hijacking dramatized in the movie "Captain Phillips."

A statement from the Seychelles police on Friday said that despite the reports of drugs being found, the police "never released any reports suggesting" that the two Americans may have died from a drug overdose.

The police said next week's autopsies are expected to establish the cause of the two deaths.