MORRISVILLE -- Another break in the search for missing Marine Cesar Laurean this afternoon: police have found his truck near Raleigh. It was located outside a Microtel Inn in Morrisville. Also Tuesday, the Onslow County district attorney says his office will handle the prosecution of the murder case that has attracted national attention. Speaking at a media briefing Tuesday morning Dewey Hudson also said he has no plans to turn the case over to military prosecutors. The burned remains of Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach and her unborn child were recovered in a residential area of Onslow County last week. Hudson says authorities also know how she died. "They have conclusively identified the remains to be that of Maria Lauterbach. My understanding is that the immediate cause of death was blunt trauma to the head," Hudson said. "I have formally filed charges against Mr. Laurean. And I'm in the process of -- my office is in the process of preparing a case to go forward to hopefully successfully prosecute him for this murder." Federal and state authorities are now searching for Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean. A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to his arrest. The district attorney says his office has already filed formal charges against Laurean.
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