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Wanted Marine may have e-mailed sheriff, seeking help from Mexico

JACKSONVILLE (AP) -- Detectives in North Carolina are investigating whether a Marine charged with the brutal slaying of a pregnant colleague might have e-mailed authorities, asking a question about turning himself in. Onslow County sheriff's officials caution they are not sure whether the e-mail that claimed to be from Cpl. Cesar Laurean is genuine. It was sent in late March, and asked if Sheriff Ed Brown could promise that Laurean would not face a military court martial if he surrendered. Detectives say the e-mail appeared to be from Mexico, where Laurean was in hiding. And they say the message was consistent with others authorities know he had sent while on the run. Laurean was arrested in a small Mexican town on Thursday. He is charged in a civilian court with the December murder of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who had accused him of rape.

Fugitive Marine captured

Mexican authorities and FBI special agents have fugitive US Marine Corps Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean in custody in Mexico exactly three months after he disappeared. Agents are awaiting extradition to bring Laurean back to Onslow County to face murder charges. The FBI has worked with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the US Marshals Service, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Interpol and the Mexican government to find and arrest Laurean. FBI special agent in charge Nathan Gray stated, "The FBI and its law enforcement partners brought to bear all of our domestic and international resources to find a man wanted for murder. Laurean's swift arrest in Mexico was due to the diligence and dedication of the Mexican government and our law enforcement partners. I want to express my gratitude and thank them for their assistance. This was truly an international effort, and we will do all we can to ensure Laurean is brought back to Onslow county as quickly as possible to answer the charges against him." Onslow County Sheriff's Office investigators suspect Laurean in the homicide of 20-year-old USMC Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who was eight months pregnant when she disappeared on or about December 14, 2007. On January 11, 2008, investigators discovered her charred remains and her unborn baby in a shallow grave in Laurean's backyard in Jacksonville, NC. The Onslow County Sheriff's Office filed charges against Laurean for the murder of Lauterbach, and a state arrest warrant was issued on January 12, 2008. That same day Laurean was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution (UFAP) in the eastern district of North Carolina, and a federal warrant was issued for his arrest.

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The DA promised not to try for a death penalty. after the civilian case the marines get to try him. I don't think they play by the make nice with everyone rules


hopefully he gets a good reaming in prison.


Now our tax dollars get to pay for his room and board, plus health care and schooling.

To bad they didnt catch him

To bad they didnt catch him here in the United States, now the most he will get is life in prison. I think that is not fair at all. Maria's family is in my thoughts and prayers.

The District Attorney...

in Onslow County had to promise NOT to seek the death penalty in order for the Mexican authorities to assist in his apprehension.

Who knows?

It's too bad that we have to promise not to seek the death penalty in order for Mexican officials to assist in his capture. But who knows? We've all heard the stories of what prisoners will do for/to baby killers. Maybe justice will be served after all.




Thank bring him back so he can face the music..."Swing Low Sweet Chariot"

Wonder if this case

Wonder if this case appearing on America's Most Wanted played a role in his capture?


Praise The Lord! I am thankful for this exciting news tonight. I want the entire families to know that I have and will continue to pray for you all. Let God guide you all through this trial coming forth and think of the great memories you have at this time of Maria. I believe prayer is our refuge from troubles. I request all to pray with me. To everyone have a blessed day.