“Marine lance corporals stationed at Camp Lejeune identified as victims in North Carolina gas station tragedy”

By | July 26, 2023

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Three Marine lance corporals stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were found dead at a gas station. The men were discovered unresponsive in a car at a Speedway gas station by deputies from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of death has not been released and no drugs were found in the vehicle. The Marines have been identified as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, Merax C. Dockery, and Ivan R. Garcia. Autopsy results are awaited to determine the cause of death. The Marine Corps is providing support to the families during this difficult time. HANNAH SCHOENBAUM reported

Three Marine lance corporals stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were found dead over the weekend at a gas station in Hampstead. The three men were discovered unresponsive in a privately owned car by deputies from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. Medical authorities pronounced them dead on the same day, but the cause of death has not yet been released.

The men have been identified as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, 19, of Madison, Wisconsin; Merax C. Dockery, 23, of Pottawatomie, Oklahoma; and Ivan R. Garcia, 23, of Naples, Florida. They were motor vehicle operators with the Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, and 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office had received a missing person report for one of the Marines, but there is currently no suspicion of foul play. No drugs were found in the vehicle either. Autopsy results will be awaited to determine the cause of death, which may not be immediately apparent.

Brig. Gen. Michael McWilliams, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the deceased Marines. He emphasized that their focus is on providing the necessary resources and support to those affected by this tragic loss during this extremely difficult time.

The cause of death is expected to be determined by Wednesday, according to Sgt. Chester Ward of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office.

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