UPDATE: No Takers For Cesar Laurean Home

It appears the bank now owns Cpl. Cesar Laurean's home in Jacksonville.

The Onslow County Clerk of Courts Office tells WITN News that no upset bids were filed by today's deadline.

Laurean is in a Mexican prison after his arrest last year for killing fellow Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach. Investigators say he killed the pregnant Marine in the house and then buried her body in the backyard.

Ten days ago Countrywide Financial, which owned the mortgage on the ranch-style home, placed the opening bid of just under $102,000. No one placed a bid and potential buyers had 10 days to file an upset bid. That deadline ended at 5:00 p.m.


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No takers today for the Onslow County home owned by Cesar Laurean.

Laurean, a Camp Lejeune Marine, is in a Mexican prison after his arrest last year for killing fellow Marine Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach. Investigators say he killed the pregnant Marine in the house and then buried her body in the backyard.

This was the second foreclosure auction for the home. The first one, where several dozen people showed up, was delayed until today.

The bidding opened at $101,878. The sole person there left, saying he wasn't going to pay that much for the home.

Since no one bid the property goes back to Countrywide Financial, but officials say someone can still file what is called an upset bid with the Clerk of Courts office. If that happens then other people will have 10 days to outbid that person. That process would continue until there are no bidders left.

Laurean remains in a Mexican jail and is fighting his return to Onslow County to face murder charges.


The former home of a Marine corporal accused of killing a pregnant colleague is going up for auction.

The law firm Brock & Scott PLLC said on its web site that past home of Cpl. Cesar Laurean will be up for auction Monday morning following a three-week delay from the initial auction date. The ranch-style house has an opening bid of about $102,000.

Laurean has been charged with killing Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach of Vandalia, Ohio, but has been fighting extradition from Mexico. Onslow County investigators found Lauterbach's charred remains in Laurean's backyard.

The 1,100-square foot house near Camp Lejeune has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.


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