Pregnant Marine Maria Lauterbach Reported Missing on December 19, 2007 … Claims of Rape (UPDATE: Remains Found)
Maria Lauterbach was reported missing December 19, 2007 by her mother, who last spoke with her daughter on Dec. 13. Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach is reported to be 8 months pregnant. Her cell phone was found Dec. 20 near the main gate at Camp Lejeune. Documents: Missing Marine Claimed Rape
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A pregnant Marine who vanished last month before she was to testify in a military probe had claimed that a superior officer raped her and that the investigation had “gone sour,” according to court documents. The woman complained about the investigation to her stepmother, who also told authorities that the 20-year-old lance corporal had bipolar disorder, once known as manic-depression, and a history of lying, the documents say. Authorities said Thursday that they plan to question the Camp Lejeune officer she accused of rape, as well as a roommate of hers who was ordered to return to the base from a training mission. They stressed the case remains a missing-person investigation.
A North Carolina sheriff said Thursday that detectives wanted to interview the man who lived with 20-year-old Maria Frances Lauterbach and was possibly the last person to talk to her before she disappeared.
Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said investigators were working on getting Sgt. Daniel Durham to come back to North Carolina from a training deployment in California “so we can look him in the eyes and ask him some questions.”
The Onslow County Sherriff’s Office has confirmed that 20- year old Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbauch bought a bus ticket to Texas on December 15th–the day after she last had contact with her family.
But they say she never used it.
UPDATE II: Authorities Believe Marine’s Body Found
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities said Friday they believe they found the shallow grave of a pregnant Marine in the back yard of a comrade she accused of rape, and a person close to the case said the suspect left a note insisting the woman had killed herself.
After some slight digging in a fire pit discovered in the yard of Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, detectives found what “appeared to be burnt human remains,” Onslow County District Attorney Dewey Hudson said Friday night.
UPDATE III: Police Say Pregnant Marine’s Body Found
Authorities say they found the burned remains of 20-year-old Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach buried in the backyard of Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean.
Investigators say they also found blood stains in the house. Lauterbach had accused Laurean of raping her. He has not yet been charged. And no one seems to know where he is.
Before he took off, he left a note saying Lauterbach killed herself. Police say the evidence points to murder.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean in the death of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach.
He is charged with first-degree murder, although authorities have not positively identified the body as hers.
“This is consistent with what we were looking for: A pregnant lady who is the victim Maria Lauterbach and her unborn child,” Brown said.
JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) — Police said Sunday they had credible information that put them “less than two hours behind” the suspect in the death of a pregnant Marine.
Earlier Sunday, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean had been sighted several states away from North Carolina.
Brown did not specify a state, but police in Shreveport, Louisiana, told The Associated Press the fugitive Marine had been seen there, getting on or off a Greyhound bus.
“We don’t know if he is still in the area. We believe it may have just been a pass-through. We received information he may be headed into Texas,” Shreveport police Chief Henry Whitehorn Sr., told the AP.
It would appear that this guy may be headed for the Mexican border to avoid the law.
Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean was seen getting on or off a Greyhound bus in Shreveport, La., Saturday night, said Shreveport police Chief Henry Whitehorn Sr.
“We’re working with the U.S. Marshal’s Service and other law enforcement agencies trying to locate him,” Whitehorn told The Associated Press. “We don’t know if he is still in the area. We believe it may have just been a pass through. We received information he may be headed into Texas.”
Missing Marine Cesar Laurean, wanted in the slaying of a pregnant colleague, visited relatives in Mexico last week, a man who said he was his cousin told The Associated Press Tuesday.
CNN first reported that Laurean had briefly stopped by the liquor store of Juan Antonio Ramos Ramirez in Zapopan, just outside Guadalajara. Speaking to The Associated Press late Tuesday from his store, Ramos Ramirez said Laurean walked into his store last Monday or Tuesday and the two cousins exchanged about 10 minutes of small talk about their respective families.
Laurean then told Ramos Ramirez, whose mother is Laurean’s sister, that he had to get back to two friends waiting outside.