NEW INFO: Camp Lejeune Marines Died As Result of Drowning

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The Marine Corps says 19-year-old Nicholas Buscanera and 19-year-old Skyler Way, both of New York, died as a result of drowning, according to the medical examiner.

Skyler Way / Nick Buscarnera

We're learning more about the deaths of two Camp Lejeune marines, found dead in a submerged car late Tuesday night in Craven County.

The Marine Corps says 19-year-old Nicholas Buscanera and 19-year-old Skyler Way, both of New York, died as a result of drowning, according to the medical examiner.

The two were found in the vehicle in a canal along Catfish Lake Road, a road marines are not allowed to use, unless they're there for recreational purposes.

The Highway Patrol says the vehicle was exceeding a safe speed for conditions, lost control, ran off the dirt road and overturned in the canal. The incident remains under investigation.

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The Highway Patrol has now identified the two Camp Lejeune Marines who were found dead in a submerged car overnight.

PFC Skyler Way was 19 years old and was from Gouverneur, New York, while the other victim was 19-year-old Lance Corporal Nicholas Buscarnera of Mastic Beach, New York.

The two were found in a vehicle that was found submerged in a canal along Catfish Lake Road. That dirt road is a popular shortcut between Jacksonville and Havelock, but is "off limits" to Marines because of safety concerns.

U.S. Forestry Officer Steve Barrett said he ran into a few Marines looking for friends along the road Tuesday night. The last those Marines had heard from their friends was Monday night.

Officials said at 10:25 p.m., Officer Barrett found the pair's vehicle submerged in the canal. Investigators said it appears the vehicle had been in that position for some time.

The Marine Corps says they were both members of the 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25 at Camp Lejeune.

Investigators said they believe speed may have been a factor in this fatal wreck.


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The mother of one of two Marines who was found dead in a submerged vehicle in Craven County says other Marines should stay off the dangerous road.

Shannon Way confirms that her son, PFC Skyler Way, was found dead in the vehicle.

The Highway Patrol has says two Camp Lejeune Marines were found dead off of Catfish Lake Road, but haven't released their names.

U.S. Forestry Officer Steve Barrette said he ran into a few Marines looking for friends along the road Tuesday night. The last those Marines had heard from their friends was at 9:47 p.m. the night before.

Officials said at 10:25 p.m., Officer Barrette found the pair's vehicle submerged in the canal. Investigators said it appears the vehicle had been in that position for some time.

Troopers said they found two Camp Lejeune Marines dead inside that vehicle.

The Marine Corps says they were both members of the 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25 at Camp Lejeune.

Shannon Way spoke to WITN's Heather King by phone from her home in upstate New York. She said her son, Skyler Way, who was last seen Monday, was found in the car that had flipped into the canal.

Investigators said they believe speed may have been a factor in this fatal wreck.

Catfish Lake Road has been "off limits" for Marines because of numerous fatal accidents.


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Investigators are working to find out more about the two men found dead in a submerged vehicle late Tuesday night.

Craven County Emergency Management Director Stanley Kite tells WITN multiple crews were called to Catfish Lake Road near Black Swamp Road late Tuesday night.

Kite said someone called authorities after noticing the submerged vehicle nearly three feet in the water.

Crews arrived to find the bodies of two men in that vehicle.

No word yet on where the men are from or their identities.

Dispatcher said the Highway Patrol and Forestry Service are jointly investigating this case.

We are working to get more information on this breaking news.


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