Mary Lauterbach Talks To "Today"

By: Dave Jordan/Heather King
By: Dave Jordan/Heather King

The mother of slain Marine Maria Lauterbach appeared on NBC's Today Show Tuesday morning.

Mary Lauterbach told Matt Lauer she wanted to defend Maria since there was so much information "floating around" about her daughter since she was reported missing in mid-December.

Lauterbach says when she reported her daughter missing, she was asked to email detectives everything she could think of about her daughter. Mary Lauterbach says she wrote in the email that Maria had a history of compulsive lying, but that piece of information taken by itself was made into something more than it really is.

NBC's Matt Lauer noted that Maria had been caught lying about saying her dad had killer her brother, and that may have hurt her credibility. Mary Lauterbach described Maria's early childhood as "difficult." She had been adopted as a toddler.

Mary Lauterbach also explained how Maria struggled with being away from home for the first time when she moved to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville. Maria's uncle, also appearing on "Today," said Maria called home twice a day, but was always more interested in talking about what was happening with the family, rather than how her life was in the Marines.

Lawyers for the Lauterbach family said the military could have done more to protect Mara after she accused Cesar Laurean of rape. They said Maria was moved to a different building but was still in the same unit as Laurean and still had to see Laurean regularly. They suggested Maria should have been moved to another unit or even another Marine base.

Mara's uncle also talked about how Maria loved the Marines and how the family supported the military.

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