1-22-08 Breaking News. Cesar Laurean has been sighted in Mexico.
Updated 1-15-08 11:48 p.m.
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The one on top is the latest. Cesar Laurean’s truck has been located.
Updated 1-15-2008 6:03 a.m.
The FBI has released a wanted poster and Crime Alert, info below:
UNLAWFUL FLIGHT TO AVOID PROSECUTION – MURDER
CESAR ARMANDO LAUREAN
Cesar Armando Laurean is wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder
of 20-year-old Maria Lauterbach, who was pregnant at the time of her murder.
Lauterbach was a United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal assigned to
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. She had been missing since December 14,
2007. Charred remains have been recovered in a shallow grave in the backyard
of Laurean’s Jacksonville, North Carolina, residence. The remains are
believed to be those of Lauterbach and her unborn infant.
A state arrest warrant was issued on January 12, 2008, in Onslow County,
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information
SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS PERSON, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR
LOCAL FBI OFFICE OR THE NEAREST AMERICAN
EMBASSY OR CONSULATE.
9:04 p.m. – I just don’t know about this Sheriff from North Carolina. At a news conference earlier today he now says that the search for Cesar Laurean is “Earthwide”. I am partial to a bit of exaggeration myself but there is a time to exaggerate and there’s a time not too. I would think that this is the latter.
The FBI is now offering a $25,000 reward to anyone that is able to provide information that leads to Laurean’s capture.
Sheriff Brown also said that even though he has committed a horrible crime, Laurean still has friends and is most likely receiving help from them in his hiding. He asks that if Laurean makes contact to please turn in Cesar Laurean.
In the below video, the relatives of Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean tell Julie Chen about the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.
7:47 p.m. – Apparently over the weekend investigators found Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach’s ATM card at a Durham, North Carolina bus station and the pickup truck that belongs to Cesar Laurean was reported seen in the area. Police received several tips from people who reported seeing the truck.
Updated January 14th at 4:59 a.m. – after the supposed confirmed sighting that Sheriff Ed Brown in North Carolina announced on Sunday the 13th, now there is some doubt as to whether that is true or not.
Chief Deputy Charlie Caldwell of the Shreveport Marshal’s Office has told KSLA-TV that he doesn’t know of any evidence that Cesar Laurean was/is in Louisiana. According to Caldwell they have not had any confirmed sightings of Laurean.
Yesterday Sheriff Brown’s office reported that it had received numerous pieces of information that made them believe that were less than two hours behind Laurean. Later in the day the Sheriff changed that to not putting a timeline on it.
Laurean is from Nevada and is still believed to be driving a black Dodge pickup with North Carolina plates TRR-1522. They describe him as dangerous is cornered.
One thing that I find interesting is the fact that Naval investigators said that they didn’t consider Laurean a flight risk since it seemed that Laurean and pregnant marine Maria Lauterbach had carried on some sort of friendly relationship after she had filed the complaint against him and cited possible proof in the matter, yet Lauterbach’s family is 100% disagreeing and claims that Lauterbach had no relationship with him whatsoever, that she was being continually harassed by the Marines and nothing was being done. From my reading last night I learned that the Marine Corps had separated the two and also imposed a military protective order to keep Laurean away from her.
Not to bad-mouth the dead that can’t defend themselves but that does kind of bring us back to the statement her mother made prior to finding Lauterbach’s remains that she was a liar. For sure someone is lying here. Either Lauterbach lied to her parents about the Marines doing nothing or the Marines are lying and covering it up.
Is there the possibility that Laurean is telling the truth and that Lauterbach did cut her own throat in his house? The blood on his ceiling and walls certainly doesn’t mean that she didn’t. Is it possible that they can tell from the blood splatters where she was at the time? If you want to go even farther here, I guess it’s possible that she cut her own throat knowing that he would be implicated in the murder and he burned her body for the same reason.
It seems like this case is getting weirder and weirder all the time and before all is said and done I am sure to be surprised again.
He also reported that Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean was seen either on a bus or getting off a bus that was heading to Texas but warned that it doesn’t mean he was going in the same direction. He was alone when he was seen by a witness Saturday night.
Sheriff Brown is confident that Laurean will be apprehended shortly and when questioned as to why he wasn’t arrested Saturday night Brown said that he was not sighted by law enforcement and that the general public needs to not try and detain him.
Shreveport police are cooperating with the United States Marshal’s Service and other law enforcement agencies to try and find Laurean. Federal officials have issued a fugitive warrant for his arrest.
The warrant charges Laurean with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution according to the FBI.
The Washington Post is apparently questioning the urgency of the search by law enforcement officials.
I think that urgency may have been an issue when the investigation had to do with rape but this case has turned extremely ugly in the last few days and I don’t believe urgency is at issue here.