Monday the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department held a press briefing and said that the had received credible tips on the whereabouts of fugitive Cesar Lauren. They were basically just updating the local media as to where they are in the search for Laurean and wouldn’t go into any kind of detail but are continuing to try and follow any leads that they get.
They also said that the Sheriff’s Department had further questioned Laurean’s wife this past Friday afternoon. The Sheriff’s department declined to go into the topics discussed but did say that “Investigators spoke to Christina Laurean and she answered the quistions we had”.
One of the commenters over at the Jacksonville Daily News brought up an interesting point that I had thought of and I am sure has run across the minds of investigators already. Perhaps Christina Laurean actually killed Marine Corporal Maria Lauterbach and Cesar jumped in to take the blame, being the scum-sucking cheater that he is. Perhaps he was trying to make up for fucking around on his wife and getting someone pregnant? The autopsy results show that she was killed with a crowbar and that he throat was cut after she was already dead. As a Marine I am sure that Christina is in decent shape and could certainly weild a crowbar.
Police are still insisting that Christina Laurean is cooperating with them and she has not been charged with any crime. As it stands now all they could really charge her with is obstruction of justice, not accessory to murder. They are probably currently getting more help and cooperation from her now than they would were she staying in the crossbar motel.
Over at Websleuths one of the commenters, “Flowerchild”, posted this:
What is with these guys – Excess testosterone/steroids? Women in the Marines issues? “I’m pregnant, I’m keeping the baby and you’re on the hook for 18 years issues”? These creeps probably never said hello to Maria (if that) and yet they feel they should write death threats and ignorant emails to someone who put up a WEB SITE for a dead woman and her baby. And why are they sticking up for POS Laurean or his supposedly innocent, unaware blind wife? Do they really not believe Laurean murdered a 8.5 mos pregnant Maria and her son Gabriel in cold blood and was such a dumbass Marine he buried her in his own backyard – literally feet from his back door in full view of his house where his child swung on her swingset and his dog played – and to cap off his depravity he threw a couple of PARTIES for his Marine buddies where they enjoyed some Marine bonding, beers, and a campfire circle around a bonfire over his victim’s bodies!!!
They should be SICK and ANGRY all right, but at POS Laurean and his wife – not the person who out of the goodness of their heart put up a public online TRIBUTE to Maria and Gabriel. I hope the Marine Corp tracks down every last person who wrote something nasty and not only throws them in the brig, gives them latrine cleaning duty and confines them to base for 9 mos (maybe they will then “give birth” to an improved attitude) BUT also questions them in the “Marine Corp Way” for a few days as to their whereabouts, activities and bank withdrawals from Dec 11th to now…..
I am so disappointed…I really thought the Marine Corp was better than this. They have proven they are badly in need of a complete overhaul and change of policy and attitude from the Top Brass all the way to the fresh shaved grunts in boot camp. They certainly do NOT live up the their motto or their slogan in my eyes – and dare I say this whole sad story makes them look really hypocritical, bigoted and backward and decidedly NOT the branch of the armed forces the “best” young men and women would strive and sacrifice to achieve membership in. And it sure does nothing to assure the parents and spouses of potential Marines that they will be valued and kept as safe as possible by their commanders and their fellow Marines. I though they NEVER left a Marine behind – boy, they sure failed Maria (and Gabriel) and left a Marine behind – killed by a fellow Marine and abandoned to a cold lonely hole…and they didn’t even bother to arrest their “stellar” Marine when they had the chance and instead let him run to Mexico from under their nose.
Urh, this whole case makes me furious and so very determined that Maria get justice AND that her death will be the driving force and inspiration for true CHANGE in the Marine Corp so that what happened to Maria and Gabriel NEVER happens again.
I don’t agree with her 100% on this but she does bring up some interesting points. Any kind of organization, whether it be law enforcement, military or business “circles the wagons” to protect their own during time of crisis. Generally the truth will come out though and the offending party will be outed. It’s part of human nature to protect your group, your family, your children. Why should we expect the behavior of the Marine Corps to be any different? If anything they should embody it even more so than others. I do however think that they need to release any and all information to law enforcement that they have on any of the involved parties and most likely have done so by now. The problem you run into is that neither law enforcement nor the military are going to give us all of the details of an open investigation, so it’s easy for armchair detectives like us that really don’t have a fucking clue to second guess them and claim that they are trying to protect a murderer.
Another user over at Websleuths reposted this report from the Jacksonville Daily News:
DAILY NEWS STAFF
The creator of an Internet memorial site for a pregnant Marine who authorities say was killed by a colleague in mid-December received online death threats from at least two Marines this week.
“Shut up or get cut up,” a post made in the name of Ron Parikh appeared on the MySpace memorial for Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach on Feb. 5.
Marine Corps officials confirmed that Lance Cpl. Parikh, a personnel clerk currently assigned to a training command in California, was under investigation for several MySpace.com postings.
“Parikh is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division for information posted on the Internet about Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach,” said Capt. Neal Fisher, public affairs director for Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.
Another Marine, Lance Cpl. Jonathan Cole, is also under investigation for comments he made on the internet, Marine officials said.
Cole is assigned to a unit in the 2nd Marine Division which is based at Camp Lejeune, said Lt. Col. Curtis Hill, public affairs officer for II Marine Expeditionary Force.
“(Cole’s) command is aware of the MySpace issue and is taking appropriate action,” Hill said.
Communicating “certain language expressing a present determination or intent to wrongfully injure” someone is a violation of military law, according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
If such communications were “of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces” then Parikh, Cole and any other Marines involved could potentially face even more trouble, according to Article 134 of the UCMJ.
“If Marines were caught doing something inappropriate in uniform or their photograph was associated with something inappropriate online, that is a violation of the UMCJ,” said Sgt. Paul Robbins, a public relations officer at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
A photograph of Parikh in dress blues serves as an icon picture on his MySpace account.
Jacksonville resident Miley Collier said she started the memorial page about a week ago as a way to remember Lauterbach and allow other people the opportunity to tell people what Lauterbach meant to them.
“I have received thousands of messages from people saying how Maria’s story has touched their lives,” Collier said. “I never expected to be threatened for setting up a memorial site.”
Collier said she was petrified and worried given her geographic closeness to some of the Marines being investigated for their comments.
“You should be slapped in the face for talking about things that should be left alone. I’m not gonna sit here and watch you talk s–t,” a post made from Parikh’s MySpace account said. “I will do you like Laurean did if you don’t take this page off.”
Authorities say Lauterbach was killed by Cpl. Cesar Laurean Dec. 14. She was in the third trimester of a pregnancy at the time of her death and had accused Laurean of rape.
Laurean has been on the run since he fled Onslow County in mid-January. Authorities say Laurean left notes behind with his wife saying Lauterbach killed herself by slicing her own throat and he just buried her body behind the Half Moon home shared by the couple.
Posts attributed to Parikh’s MySpace account claim Parikh knows Laurean and supports Laurean’s purported version of events including that Lauterbach killed herself.
Lauterbach’s autopsy revealed that she died of a blow to the head and cuts made to her neck were done post-mortem.
The section of the memorial site with the posts under investigation has been removed from the Web. Collier said she did not take the posts down but was informed by law-enforcement officials that portion of her site might be temporarily taken down during the investigation.
The memorial for Lauterbach can be viewed at MySpace.com/Maria_Lauterbach_Memorial.
Contact police reporter Lindell Kay at email@example.com or 910-554-8534. To comment on this story or to read others’ comments go to jdnews.com.
The memorial page mentioned on MySpace is located here.
The fact that there are dumbasses everywhere shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone and there are always going to be people that will believe the other side of a story. That certainly shouldn’t and doesn’t reflect on an organization as a whole. It’s the response of the organization that reflects on them and in the case of the two asshats posting on MySpace the Marine Corps is doing the right thing.
I was reading one report that talks about the $25,000 bounty on Laurean’s head that has been in place since two days after his disappearance. It discussed the fact that $25k isn’t enough for most bounty hunters to go after him, particularly if he’s in Mexico. However, Duane Chapman, Dog the Bounty Hunter, who has already been in hot water for bringing one fugitive out of Mexico has reportedly been talking to Onslow County Officials. You can read more of that story over at JDNews.
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