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Report: Creator of Lauterbach Memorial Site Gets Death Threats

Posted February 10, 2008 2:06 p.m. EST

— Military officials were investigating two Marines after death threats were posted to an Internet memorial Web site for slain Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach and her unborn child, according to published reports.

The Jacksonville Daily News reports that a Feb. 5 post to the "Maria Lauterbach Memorial Page" on MySpace.com told its creator to "Shut up or get cut up." The post was made in the name of Ron Parikh.

Marine Corps officials confirmed that they were investigating two lance corporals, including one based at Camp Lejuene, for MySpace.com postings.

Authorities found the burnt remains of Lauterbach, who was 8 ½ months pregnant, and her fetus buried in a fire pit in the backyard of Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean's home in Jacksonville on Jan. 12. A jury indicted Laurean – whom Lauterbach had accused of rape – on one count of first-degree murder, among other charges.

Laurean disappeared a day before Lauterbach's remains were found. Authorities believe Laurean, a naturalized citizen, might have fled to Mexico.

An autopsy revealed that Lauterbach died of blunt force trauma to the head. Laurean left behind note, claiming Lauterbach slit her throat to commit suicide.

The creator of the Lauterbach memorial site said she followed law enforcement's advice to remove the blog where the threats were posted. However, she stressed that she will keep the memorial site up in a Feb. 8 blog post.

"To those of you who are wondering if I will take this page down due to threats, the answer is simply ... page stays," the Feb. 8 blog post reads. "To those of you who are considering making threats, don't and grow up."