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    Local Police Can't Explain How 3 Marines Found Dead in Car Were Exposed to Carbon Monoxide

    The North Carolina county sheriff's department investigating the deaths of three Camp Lejeune Marines killed by carbon monoxide in a car in July has closed the case, but still cannot definitively say how the three were exposed to the deadly gas.

    The Pender County Sheriff's Department told .com the carbon monoxide “likely” came from some malfunction in the Lexus where the Marines were found, but that it could not say for sure. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service, or NCIS, partnered on the investigation and referred all questions to the county, which took the lead.

    “How were the Marines exposed to carbon monoxide? The carbon monoxide came from the vehicle,” Sgt. Chester Ward, a spokesperson for the Pender County Sheriff's Office, told Military.com in an email. “I can't say if any modifications caused the carbon monoxide leak. However, it is most likely the vehicle had a malfunction somewhere for it to leak.”

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    Ward said the county police department would not release its findings to Military.com, because “the investigation report is not public record.”

    The three lance corporals — Merax Dockery, 23; Ivan Garcia, 23; and Tanner Kaltenberg, 19 — were found dead in a vehicle parked at a North Carolina gas station of Camp Lejeune on July 23 after Dockery's mother, Heather Glass, called the installation concerned about his…

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