“Three Marines Found Dead in Car: Victims Identified as Kaltenberg, Dockery, and Garcia”

By | July 26, 2023

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Three Marines found dead in a car in Hampstead, North Carolina, have been determined to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office. The marines have been identified as Lance Corporal Tanner J. Kaltenberg, Lance Corporal Merax C. Dockery, and Lance Corporal Ivan R. Garcia. The 911 calls obtained by the ABC11 I-Team provide more details surrounding their deaths. The sheriff expressed condolences to the families and colleagues of the deceased marines. ABC11 Raleigh-Durham reported

Three Marines were found dead in a car in Hampstead, North Carolina, and the Pender County Sheriff’s Office has revealed that they died from carbon monoxide poisoning. The Marines were discovered in a gas station parking lot, about an hour’s drive from Camp Lejeune.

The Marines have been identified as Lance Corporal Tanner J. Kaltenberg, 19, from Madison, Wisconsin; Lance Corporal Merax C. Dockery, 23, from Pottawatomie, Oklahoma; and Lance Corporal Ivan R. Garcia, 23, from Naples, Florida.

The incident was initially reported when Dockery’s mother called the Pender County Sheriff’s Office to file a missing person report. She had not heard from her son since Friday and became concerned when he did not show up to travel back home to Oklahoma. Dockery’s phone was traced to the gas station in Hampstead, where the Marines were found.

A Marine who was sent to check the location of Dockery’s cell phone made the devastating discovery and called 911. He described finding the Marines in the car, all of them unconscious and appearing as if they had fallen asleep. One Marine was bleeding from the nose, and foam was coming from another Marine’s nose.

Authorities arrived at the scene shortly after the 911 call, but unfortunately, it was too late. The exact cause of the carbon monoxide poisoning is still under investigation.

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

The deaths of these Marines are a tragic reminder of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is essential for everyone to be aware of the risks and take necessary precautions to prevent such incidents from occurring..

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