3 found dead at North Carolina gas station are identified as Marines stationed nearby

Three Marines who were found dead at a North Carolina gas station have been identified by the U.S. Marine Corps.

The incident: The three Marines, stationed at nearby Camp Lejeune, were found unresponsive in a privately owned car at a Speedway gas station on Sunday morning.
* Deputies pronounced all three Marines dead the same day, but the cause of death has not been released.
* Sgt. Chester Ward of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office mentioned that no drugs were found in the vehicle and foul play is not suspected.
* The department had received a missing person report for one of the Marines.

The victims: The U.S. Marine Corps identified the men as 19-year-old Tanner J. Kaltenberg of Madison, Wisconsin, 23-year-old Merax C. Dockery of Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, and 23-year-old Ivan R. Garcia of Naples, Florida.
* All three were motor vehicle operators with the Combat Logistics Battalion 2, Combat Logistics Regiment 2 and 2nd Marine Logistics Group at Camp Lejeune.

What they’re saying: “My deepest sympathy and condolences are extended to the family, friends, and colleagues of Lance Cpl. Kaltenberg, Lance Cpl. Dockery, and Lance Cpl. Garcia,” said Brig. Gen. Michael McWilliams, commanding general of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

Pending update: An update on the cause of their deaths could be determined as soon as Wednesday, according to Sgt. Ward.

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