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Marines: Slain pregnant Marine didn't feel threatened by suspect

JACKSONVILLE (AP) -- Officials say a 20-year-old pregnant Marine who disappeared in December told victims' advocates she didn't feel threatened by the man now sought in her death. A Marine Corps spokesman says Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean never violated the military protective order directing him to stay away from Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach. The spokesman says he denied having any kind of sexual contact with her, and continued to report for work on time in the weeks after her disappearance. Authorities confirmed today that remains found over weekend in a fire pit in Laurean's backyard were those of Lauterbach and her child. Onslow County's medical examiner said Lauterbach, who was in the late stages of pregnancy when she vanished, died of blunt force trauma to the head. Also today, authorities had Laurean's black pickup towed back to Jacksonville after finding it at abandoned at a motel parking lot in Morrisville, not far from where it was seen by witnesses in Durham. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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