Key Dates In Maria Lauterbach Case

By: Key Dates In The Case Of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach
By: Key Dates In The Case Of Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach

Some key dates in the case of missing Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach:

Sept. 13, 2004 – Cesar A. Laurean, of the Las Vegas area, enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is currently wanted in connection with Lauterbach's death.

April 6, 2005 – Laurean joins his current unit, a combat logistics regiment based at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

June 6, 2006 – Maria Lauterbach, of Dayton, Ohio, enlists in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Nov. 23 – Lauterbach joins Laurean's unit.

April 2007 – Lauterbach tells military officials she has been raped.

May 12 – Marine commanders assign Lauterbach and Laurean to work in separate buildings.

May 24 – A military protective order is issued against Laurean.

June 25 – The protective order is automatically renewed for the first time.

Sept. 20 – The order is automatically renewed for the second time.

Oct. 22 – Marine commanders submit a request to send the rape case to the military's version of a grand jury.

December – Lauterbach meets with military prosecutors to discuss her rape allegation against Laurean.

Dec. 14 – Lauterbach's mother last speaks with her daughter.

Dec. 19 – Lauterbach's mother reports her missing to police in Ohio. A missing persons investigation begins in Onslow County, N.C.

Dec. 20 – Lauterbach's cell phone is found near the main gate at Camp Lejeune.

Dec. 24 – An unidentified white male attempts to use Lauterbach's ATM card.

Dec. 26 – Lauterbach misses a prenatal care appointment.

January 2007 – The protective order is automatically renewed for the third time.

Jan. 7 – Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown is informed about the case and detectives execute their first search warrant.

Jan. 8 – Police search the laptop computer of Marine Sgt. Daniel Durham, Lauterbach's roommate. Authorities later conclude he is not involved. First news release about Lauterbach being missing is issued.

Jan. 9 – The Marine Corps says it is cooperating with the Onslow County Sheriff's investigation into Lauterbach's disappearance.

Jan. 10 – Civilian authorities request Durham be returned from a training mission in California for questioning.

Jan. 11 – Authorities believe Laurean flees Jacksonville at 4 a.m. They receive Laurean's note from his wife, Christina, at 8 a.m., and announce four hours later they believe Lauterbach is dead. That evening, the local district attorney says burnt human remains had been found in Laurean's backyard.

Jan. 12 – Authorities complete an excavation of a fire pit in Laurean's backyard and issue a murder warrant for his arrest.


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