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Lauterbach Case Featured on TV

Posted April 2, 2008
Updated April 4, 2008

— "America's Most Wanted" is drawing more attention to the Marine being sought in the slaying of a pregnant colleague at Camp Lejeune.

Cpl. Cesar Laurean has been added to the television show's "Dirty Dozen" list, which contains fugitives the show considers most dangerous. The case will be featured again on Satuday's episode.

Laurean is charged in the death of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach. Her charred remains and those of her unborn baby were found buried in Laurean's back yard near Camp Lejeune in January.

"The (Onslow County) sheriff's office is excited that the case will be broadcast again to the national audience," Capt. Rick Sutherland said. "And we anticipate that the airing of the case will produce new information from viewers."

Lauterbach was originally from Ohio. Investigators believe Laurean fled to his native Mexico.

The FBI released an updated photo Friday of what Laurean might look like with a bearded face and darker skin.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the FBI at 704-377-9200.


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  • Dumas Apr 2, 2008

    CORRECTION: Sneaking back into the US will be the easy part since the government does not have the will to tighten the border. He needs to stay in Mexico. He'll be caught eventually by someone turning him in for the money, but he will avoid the death penalty. Not that he doesn't deserve it, he does.

  • hkypky Apr 2, 2008

    atozca: uh ...?


    Drop leaflets from airplanes over ten of the larger, rural, cities in Mexico offering $100K for him. He'll show up practically giftwrapped.

  • tooblessed Apr 2, 2008

    You can run but you can't hide. I'm surprised with a reward being offered that he has not been turned in.

  • MadBiker Apr 2, 2008

    So how popular is "America's Most Wanted" in Mexico??? I will say it again: unless this guy decides to sneak back into the USA, he will never be caught.

  • atozca Apr 2, 2008

    "Lauterbach was originally from Ohio. Investigators believe Laurean fled to his native Mexico."

    HUH? How can he be both?

    Much thanks to AMW and their success thus far...... hope he is caught soon.

  • Sandollar Apr 2, 2008

    To catch someone like this, his picture has to be kept in the public's view. Thanks to AMW for keeping this story in the news so his picture is still out there. This was such a horrible murder.