“Marine Corps Identifies Three Marines Found Dead in Car in Hampstead”

By | July 26, 2023

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Three Marines have been found dead in a car in Hampstead, North Carolina. The victims have been identified as Lance Corporal Tanner Kaltenberg, Lance Corporal Merax Dockery, and Lance Corporal Ivan Garcia. Foul play is not suspected, but the cause of death is still under investigation. The Marine Corps is providing support to the families and colleagues of the deceased during this difficult time. Autopsy results will determine the exact cause of death. https://www.witn.com reported

Three Marines were found dead in a car over the weekend in Hampstead, North Carolina. The Marine Corps has identified the individuals as Lance Corporal Tanner Kaltenberg, Lance Corporal Merax Dockery, and Lance Corporal Ivan Garcia. Foul play is not suspected, but the sheriff’s office is awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

Lance Corporal Tanner Kaltenberg, 19, was from Madison, Wisconsin. He entered active duty service in May 2021 and served as a motor vehicle operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group. Lance Corporal Merax Dockery, 23, hailed from Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, and entered active duty service in June 2020. He also served as a motor vehicle operator with the same Marine unit as Kaltenberg. Lance Corporal Ivan Garcia, 23, was from Naples, Florida, and joined active duty service in July 2019. He served as a motor vehicle operator in the same unit as his fellow Marines.

Brig. Gen. Michael McWilliams, commanding general of 2nd Marine Logistics Group, expressed his condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the deceased Marines. He emphasized the importance of providing necessary resources and support to those affected by this tragic loss.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office reported that the car was discovered at a Speedway gas station on U.S. 17 near Highway 210. Authorities were called to investigate a report of a missing person, which led them to the car where the three Marines were found non-responsive.

As the investigation continues, it is a somber reminder of the risks that servicemen and women face while serving their country. The Marine Corps community and the nation mourn the loss of these young Marines and extend their deepest sympathies to their loved ones..

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