A trio of Afghan soldiers visited a Mashpee strip joint before they went missing from Joint Base Cape Cod last week.
Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Noorullah Aminyar and Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarazada went to Zachary's Pub before they went missing.
"I'm assuming they did what the majority of people do when they go there," said Police Chief Rodney Collins. "I don't think they were there for the Keno or the billiards. They were there for the exotic entertainment -- the performing arts, if you will."
Richard Halpern, who owns the club, said the trio, along with several other patrons, stayed for a couple hours at least and left at exactly 1 a.m., when the place closes. He said he did not know how much they drank, or if they drank at all. He said at the time no one thought twice about their presence. Tourists and military personnel are not unusual patrons for the club, he said.
"They took in the scene like any normal person," he said.
The trio disappeared after a trip to a shopping mall in Hyannis on Saturday. They had been involved in training exercises at Joint Base Cape Cod and were found Monday near the Canadian border in upstate New York.