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Marine adult, fetus found in shallow grave

JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) -- The remains of an adult and a fetus were found Saturday in a shallow grave in the backyard of the primary suspect in the death of a pregnant Marine, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown announced. An arrest warrant has been issued for Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean in the death of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach. The body was charred, and the fetus was in the victim's abdomen, Brown said. "This is consistent with what we were looking for: A pregnant lady who is the victim Maria Lauterbach and her unborn child," he said. The remains have not yet been positively identified. Onslow County medical examiner Charles Garrett said earlier they will be sent to the chief medical examiner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for testing and comparison with dental records. Lauterbach, 20, disappeared, when she was eight months pregnant, from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in mid-December, not long before she was to testify at a military hearing about her rape accusation against Laurean. Laurean is believed to have left the base at 4 a.m. Friday, and a nationwide manhunt is under way. VideoWatch authorities search for a grave » Lauterbach's relatives believe her pregnancy was the result of the alleged rape, said Lauterbach's uncle, Peter Steiner, a Kentucky psychiatrist. Investigators told CNN that Laurean vanished four hours before his wife, Christina, approached Brown with a note from her husband claiming that Lauterbach had committed suicide and he buried the body. "We believe our suspect has fled the state of North Carolina; removed himself as far from here as he can get," Brown said Saturday. VideoWatch Brown describe the cavity where the body was found » Brown said Friday that blood spatter evidence was found inside Laurean's home, even on a ceiling, and investigators were treating the case as a murder. There was evidence of "an attempted clean-up," including an attempt to paint over the blood spatter, he said. "Evidence now is saying what he's claiming happened did not happen like he said it happened," Brown said of Laurean. Lauterbach's mother, Mary Lauterbach, reported the young woman as missing from Camp Lejeune on December 19. Mary Lauterbach said she had not talked with her for five days. VideoWatch police face unanswered questions » Laurean, 21, of Nevada, is believed to be driving a black Dodge pickup with North Carolina license plate TRR1522. Laurean repeatedly refused to meet with investigators, finally telling them that his attorney wouldn't let him. The sheriff described him as "dangerous," especially if cornered. Military officials said Laurean was not taken into custody after Lauterbach reported the alleged rape because there was information the two carried on "some sort of friendly relationship" after she filed the complaint against him. "The information ... leads us to believe that she still had some kind of contact" with him, said Paul Ciccarelli, agent in charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service at Camp Lejeune, this week. Because of that, Laurean wasn't considered a flight risk, he said. Steiner disputed that, and said his niece had no relationship with Laurean. Ciccarelli also said the rape investigation is still active. See a timeline of the case » On Friday, authorities questioned Lauterbach's roommate, Sgt. Daniel Durham, but said he had no apparent ties to her disappearance or death. Authorities have not released any details from that interview.

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