Police release cause of death for three Marines found dead in car

Lance Corporals Merax C. Dockery (left), Tanner J. Kaltenberg, and Ivan R. Garcia were found dead on Sunday in North Carolina (Marine Corps)

Update: Authorities have released the cause of death for the three U.S. Marines found unresponsive in a car at a North Carolina gas station.

On Wednesday, Pender County Sheriff’s Office said the Marines died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Autopsies performed by the North Carolina Medical Examiner determined that all three deaths were the result of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office did state whether their deaths were accidental or not.

July 25 – The Marine Corps has identified the three Marine Lance corporals found dead in a car at a North Carolina gas station over the weekend.

While responding to a missing-person call, Pender County Sheriff’s Office found the three unresponsive Marines on Sunday morning at a Speedway gas station in Hampstead -29 miles southwest of where they were stationed at Camp Lejeune.

All three were pronounced dead on Sunday but their cause of death has not been released.

The U.S. Marine Corps identified the Marines as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, 19, of Madison, Wisconsin; Merax C. Dockery, 23, of Pottawatomie, Oklahoma; and Ivan R. Garcia, 23, of Naples, Florida.

All three were motor vehicle operators assigned to the Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

“My deepest sympathy and condolences are extended to the family, friends, and colleagues of Lance Cpl. Kaltenberg, Lance Cpl. Dockery and Lance Cpl. Garcia,” said Brig. Gen. Michael McWilliams, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group. “Our focus is providing the necessary resources and support to those impacted by their tragic loss as they navigate this extremely difficult time.”

According to WFLA, Pender County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and has yet to respond to inquiries.

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