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Cause of Death for Three Marines Found Unresponsive Near Camp Lejeune Revealed

The three U.S. Marines who were found unresponsive at a Speedway gas station in North Carolina near Camp Lejeune died of carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said Wednesday.

Deputies from the Pender County Sheriff’s Office found the three men in a privately owned car outside the convenience store Sunday morning.

The lance corporals, identified by the U.S. Marine Corps as Tanner J. Kaltenberg, 19, of Madison, Wisconsin; Merax C. Dockery, 23, of Pottawatomie, Oklahoma; and Ivan R. Garcia, 23, of Naples, Florida, were stationed at nearby Camp Lejeune.

Autopsies performed Wednesday by the North Carolina Office of Medical Examiner determined that all three deaths were the result of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately make clear whether their deaths were accidental.

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

READ 63 COMMENTS
  • Susi says:

    IS IT JUST ME OR DO I SMELL COVER UP? NOT PLAUSABLE AND THAT WAS THE FASTEST AUTOPSY EVER. NO. BETTER TRY THIS ONE AGAIN.
    PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILIES.

  • Karen says:

    I think this was accidental, I don’t want to speculate, pray for their families and for their souls; RIP soldiers, thank you for your service ❤️

  • Mark5610 says:

    Fentanyl laced MJ?

  • sandy^ says:

    Main point is Sheriff did not say how they were exposed to the carbon Monoxide. That is an important part of the story. Why not? A leaky hose, What?

    • sandy^ says:

      Some have suggested they were drinking and did not know they were going under. Autopsy should show if alcohol in systems for up to 48 hours after death. The sheriff did not say how they were exposed or anything else.

    • sandy^ says:

      Where’s the CCT footage from Speedway. I do not like stories that do not address who , what , why , how , when . etc. Holes make one wonder what happened.

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