1-22-08 Breaking News. Cesar Laurean has been sighted in Mexico.
Updated 1-15-08 11:50 p.m.
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Police have issued an arrest warrant for Marine Corporal Cesar Armando Laurean in the death of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach.
Sheriff Brown of Onslow County, North Carolina described the scene in pretty gruesome detail including the charring of the fetus. The remains were taken to the Onslow County medical examiner's office and are to be sent next to the chief medical examiner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for DNA testing and checking against existing dental records, but they are relatively sure that the remains are Lauterbach and her unborn child. Since the baby was due to be born any time now Laurean may end up facing two murder charges for the price of one.
A nationwide search is under way for Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, who authorities said fled Jacksonville early Friday morning after leaving his wife a note in which he admitted burying Lauterbach's body.
Lauterbach, 20, disappeared in December, just days after meeting with military prosecutors to talk about her allegations that Laurean had raped her.
Her remains were found in a fire pit in the backyard of Laurean's home, buried up to a foot in ashes and dirt, said Dr. Charles Garrett, the county medical examiner.
Authorities have described a violent confrontation inside his home that left blood spatters on the ceiling and a massive amount of blood on the wall. It appeared that someone had tried to wash and paint over the blood, Brown said.
Laurean's note to his wife stated that Lauterbach had come yo his house and cut her own throat and that he had nothing to do with her suicide but that he had buried her.
The police have pretty much dismissed that as nonsense, mainly because of all of the blood in the house as well as the attempted cleanup.
Read more about the murder here.