Mexico Issues Arrest Warrant For Laurean

A U.S. Embassy official says Mexican officials have issued an arrest warrant for a U.S. Marine suspected of killing a pregnant colleague in North Carolina. Officials have been looking for Corporal Cesar Laurean, who is charged in Jacksonville with the death of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach.

Authorities have said they thought Laurean fled to Mexico earlier this month. Lauterbach's body was found in a fire pit in Laurean's backyard. She had accused him of rape last year.

The prosecutor in Jacksonville said last week he would not seek a death sentence if Laurean is arrested in Mexico. The country refuses to return people to the United States who might face a death sentence.

Lauterbach had been missing since mid-December. Laurean left a note for his wife saying Lauterbach had come to their home, cut her own throat and he had buried her. But an autopsy indicates she died from a blow to the head.


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  • by ME Location: NC on Jan 30, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    what a shame the marines cant find one of there own! No wonder they can find the national bad guys! He sure got away quick.
  • by Animama Location: NC on Jan 30, 2008 at 09:02 AM
    Authorities arrested some guy in Mexico who didn't even look like Laurean. He was released as misaken identity. What's with that???
  • by bebe Location: nc on Jan 29, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    need to speed up arrest warrants by at least a week,hes probably in Costa Rica or another country by now!!!! Too little,Too Late !!!!
  • by jw Location: nc on Jan 29, 2008 at 09:59 AM
    where is the wife now? did they children together? how can you realize nothing different in your house after the incident took place...especially for a woman not to realize...
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