The Marine charged in North Carolina with the murder of a pregnant colleague might have fled to his native Mexico, the FBI said today. US officials have teamed with Mexican authorities to catch Cpl. Cesar Laurean, who wrote a letter to wife claiming he buried Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach’s body after she committed suicide in their home, the AP reports.
US Embassy officials in Mexico City began developing Spanish-language versions of FBI wanted posters featuring Laurean, a native of Guadalajara and naturalized US citizen. Yesterday, authorities confirmed that Laurean’s pickup truck was found near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Meanwhile, police said Lauterbach had withdrawn $700 from her bank and bought a one-way ticket to Texas, which she never used.