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Lauterbach's Mom Speaks, Shares Home Video

Posted April 7, 2008

— Maria Lauterbach's mother wants to keep the case of her slain daughter in the public eye. On Monday, the family released new home video of the Marine.

Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach was murdered almost three months ago in Onlsow County. Her body and that of her unborn baby were found in a burn pit in a fellow Marine's backyard.

Mary Lauterbach said she spends many days at the grave of her daughter and unborn grandson, mourning the promise for the future that was lost with their deaths. She shared video of Maria playing high school soccer and planning her career in the Marines.

Mary Lauterbach is on a mission to find her daughter's killer and to protect other military women.

An autopsy showed Lauterbach died from a blow to the head. She was burned and buried in the back yard of a fellow Marine, Cpl. Cesar Laurean, whom she claimed was the father of her unborn child.

Mary Lauterbach wants Laurean brought to justice and wants other military women to feel safe in reporting threats.

Maria Lauterbach reported that Laurean had raped her in May. The two were still waiting for the case to be heard at the time of her death.

"My concern is, I want women to be better protected," she told CNN. "If there are perceived credibility issues, you still must protect the person who is making those claims."

North Carolina Governor Mike Easley is offering a $5,000 reward for the capture of Laurean, who is believed to be on the run in Mexico. The FBI has put up a $25,000 reward. A new artist's picture of what Laurean might look like with a beard and longer hair was released over the weekend.


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  • PikeMom4real Apr 8, 2008

    I think the mother is Bi=Polar!!! Wish she would play shut mouth already!

  • OSX Apr 7, 2008

    Semper Fi Miss Maria,we will find this guy.

  • coastlover Apr 7, 2008

    Mary Lauterbach is attempting to rewrite history. She labeled her daughter a compulsive liar, then changed the story to occasional compulsive lying to now perceived credibility issues. Which is it going to be Mary?

    At some point last week, Maria's myspace page was changed from "ii love beer" to "i love soccer". Now it has been changed again to read " She's been in heaven with her baby since December 15, 2007". Is this yet another attempt to rewrite history too?

  • Near RoanokeRiver Apr 7, 2008

    SHE IS WRONG!! Now she is sooooo sweet Mother.

    Remember this???

    Mary Lauterbach said that when an Onslow County, N.C., sheriff's investigator asked for an e-mail telling everything she could about her daughter, "I said she had problems with occasional compulsive lying." and"compulsive liar".
    However, characterizations about her daughter seemed to indicate that Mary Lauterbach might not have, either. An incident report filed by an investigator with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department on Dec. 19, 2007, states that Mary Lauterbach said “her daughter had a history of being a compulsive liar” ...

    Then MOM(Mary Lauterbach)changed her "story" about her daughter, when she found out she was dead...

    Now Mary Lauterbach was on ABC,CBS,NBC,FOX in the last days. Life Changes...it's got to the point that she is close to say "MY DAUGHTER WAS A PERFECT DAUGHTER!!!"

  • allison842 Apr 7, 2008

    Okay, now my comment looks dumb. Glad WRAL changed the wording. :-)

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  • mbs Apr 7, 2008

    Sorry, this is one you can't blame on Bush. Foreign nationals have been a part of the U.S. military at least as far back as the Vietnam era.

  • ifcdirector Apr 7, 2008

    You can expect more of this as our Emperor Bush offers citizenship to foreign nationals in exchange for foreign service in the empire. Anyone who cannot learn from history is truly either incompetent or insane. If you don't believe this to be true why don't you look into the whereabouts of where the suspect ended up.

  • allison842 Apr 7, 2008

    "Maria Lauterbach's mother wants to keep the case of her missing daughter in the public eye. On Monday, the family released new home video of the missing Marine."

    This makes no sense. Maria Lauterbach is not missing. She was found. Her body was recovered. She has been buried. She is in no way missing. Why does this story continually describe her as missing????? Her killer is the one who is missing.