“Three U.S. Marines Found Dead in NC Gas Station – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Tragedy”

By | July 26, 2023



Three U.S. Marines were found dead in a car at a gas station in North Carolina and it has been determined that they died from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the local sheriff’s office. The Marines, who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, were found unresponsive in a privately owned Lexus sedan. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed whether their deaths were accidental. The Marines have been identified as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, Merax C. Dockery, and Ivan R. Garcia. Funeral arrangements are being made for the young men. Vancouver Is Awesome reported

Three U.S. Marines stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were found unresponsive in a car at a gas station and later pronounced dead. The Pender County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the cause of death for all three Marines was carbon monoxide poisoning.

The incident occurred when deputies from the sheriff’s office discovered the three men inside a privately owned Lexus sedan parked outside a Speedway gas station in Hampstead. Autopsies conducted by the North Carolina Medical Examiner confirmed that carbon monoxide poisoning was the cause of death.

The identities of the Marines have been released by the U.S. Marine Corps as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, Merax C. Dockery, and Ivan R. Garcia. They were all motor vehicle operators with the Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, and 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office has not yet determined whether the deaths were accidental. However, no foul play is suspected at this time.

The tragic news has deeply saddened the community, including Sheriff Alan Cutler, who expressed his condolences to the families and colleagues of the deceased Marines. He described them as young men who served their country honorably.


The mother of one of the Marines reported him missing when he failed to arrive on a flight home. This led to a search by the sheriff’s office and the Marines’ sergeant at Camp Lejeune.

The family members of Merax C. Dockery have shared their grief, remembering him as a kind soul who was liked by everyone. Funeral arrangements are being made, and the family is awaiting the release of his body.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the carbon monoxide poisoning is ongoing, and further details will be released as they become available..

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