Autopsy used dental records to identify Lauterbach

JACKSONVILLE (AP) -- An autopsy said a medical examiner used dental records to identify the charred body of a pregnant Marine killed last year in Jacksonville. In its autopsy, the Office of the State Medical Examiner said Cpl. Maria Lauterbach likely died of blunt force trauma to the head. The report also states she had a superficial incision on the left side of her neck that may have occurred after death. The Daily News of Jacksonville and The News & Observer of Raleigh both reported the autopsy results, which were released Friday. The autopsy could determine neither the gender nor injuries to the unborn child. Lauterbach's body was found in a grave in the backyard of Cpl. Cesar Laurean, who has been charged with murder in the death of the 20-year-old Lauterbach. Authorities believe she was killed in mid-December. Investigators believe he fled to his native Mexico in January. Both were stationed at Camp Lejeune. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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