Three Marines Found Dead from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at North Carolina Gas Station

Hampstead, N.C. – In a devastating turn of events, three young Marines were found dead inside a car at a Speedway gas station in Hampstead, North Carolina, just outside of Camp LeJeune. Authorities have confirmed that the cause of their deaths was carbon monoxide poisoning, according to a news release from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

The deceased Marines have been identified as Tanner Kaltenberg, 19, hailing from Madison, Wisconsin; Merax Dockery, 23, from Pottawatomie, Oklahoma; and Ivan Garcia, 23, from Naples, Florida. All three were lance corporals serving at Camp LeJeune as part of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

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The heartbreaking incident came to light on Sunday morning after police responded to a missing persons report from the mother of one of the Marines. She called to report that her son had failed to arrive on a flight to Oklahoma on Saturday night, leading to concern and further investigation.

Following the discovery of the lifeless bodies inside the car, autopsies were conducted, confirming the cause of death to be carbon monoxide poisoning. However, authorities have not disclosed any additional details about the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Pender County Sheriff Alan Cutler expressed his grief and sympathy over the tragedy, stating, “I am saddened by the timeless and tragic death of these three young men, who served our country honorably.” He added, “Our thoughts and prayers remain with their families and colleagues during this time.”

The loss of these three brave servicemembers has sent shockwaves through the community and the nation. The U.S. Marines have also officially confirmed the identities of the Marines and their affiliation with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

As the investigation continues, questions linger about the circumstances that led to the carbon monoxide poisoning. The hearts of many are heavy with sorrow, and the focus now shifts to support the grieving families and fellow Marines during this difficult time.

Authorities are expected to provide further updates as the investigation progresses, while the community mourns the untimely and tragic deaths of these young men, who dedicated their lives to serving the nation.

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