US defense businessman dies in Jordan

May 13, 2010 17:28

The president of a South Carolina-based defense firm fell to his death from the second floor of a deserted building in the Jordanian capital, security officials said Thursday, three days after his body was found. Police have ruled out foul play.

John Zinn, 33, president and chief executive officer of Defense Venture Group, was in Amman, Jordan, for a military exhibition when he died Tuesday "after suffering an accident while on a business trip," his company said.

Four senior Jordanian officials said Zinn's body was found lying behind a 40-foot wall in the basement of an abandoned building in Amman's rough-and-tumble Hay al-Masraweh district, which overlooks the city's bustling downtown.

A top security official said an investigation showed that Zinn was "highly intoxicated."

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