State News

Lauterbach Case Featured on TV

Posted April 2, 2008 10:29 a.m. EDT
Updated April 4, 2008 3:27 p.m. EDT

— "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.