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Autopsy: Pregnant Marine's Neck Cut After Death

Posted March 17, 2008

— A pregnant Camp Lejeune Marine who was slain three months ago had a cut on her neck that was made after she died, according to an autopsy.

Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach was killed in mid-December. Her charred remains were found in January in the back yard of fellow Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean.

Laurean has been charged with murder in her death but remains at large. He left Onslow County hours before Lauterbach's remains were discovered, and state and federal authorities believe he fled to Mexico.

The autopsy confirmed that Lauterbach was killed by a blow to her head and that her neck was subsequently cut.

In a note delivered to Onslow County authorities by Laurean's wife, the fugitive Marine claimed that Lauterbach had cut her own throat and that he had buried her body out of fear.

The autopsy also said that the remains were too badly charred to determine the gender of Lauterbach's unborn child and noted that a bag of baby clothes was buried with her.


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  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 18, 2008

    He is just making it hard on himself. Sooner than later he is going to let his guard down and that will probably be when they catch him. If anyone if harboring this fugitive they should be charge and with some time spent in prison.

  • b4self Mar 18, 2008

    They will never find him in Mexico unless he tries to come back later to see his wife and is spotted. They cross back and forth across the boarder when they please.

  • Sandollar Mar 18, 2008

    Mexico is letting their citizens come over the border. Someday Mexico will run the U.S. They control the U.S. now with illegal drugs. Somebody knows where Laurean is and is hiding him. Did his wife miss the comforter?

  • 1crazygirl Mar 18, 2008

    I hope they catch that coward and he gets the death penalty and actually fries for what he did. BUT AMERICA is letting MEXICO control this situation when they cant even control there own from crossing the border. What a shame. This will never be resolved.

  • Scubagirl Mar 18, 2008

    kinda hard to cut your own neck after you're dead--guess she didn't do it, not that I ever believed it.

  • ptahandatum Mar 18, 2008

    Yes, both mother and child are doing very well in the arms of Zeus. He appreciates your concern.

  • uncalumni02 Mar 18, 2008

    How unfortunate this guy is still at large...smh.

  • sunflowerbubbles Mar 18, 2008

    I can't believe they havent caught this coward yet...I pray she and her baby are doing well in Heaven and that some how soon, they catch this coward and others involved!

  • Adelinthe Mar 18, 2008

    "Hope they finally get this guy and he stands trail."

    AMEN, AND AMEN - For the death of both, although this will probably NOT happen in NC.

    This one should warrant the death sentence.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • garnertoy Mar 18, 2008

    get the coward