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Pregnant Soldier Found Dead in North Carolina Motel

Fort Bragg soldier was seven months pregnant

(Newser) - Authorities are investigating the suspicious death of a pregnant soldier found in a North Carolina motel. Dental specialist Megan Lynn Touma, 23, of Kentucky arrived at nearby Fort Bragg only two weeks ago. She was seven months pregnant. Earlier this year, pregnant Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach was found dead... More »

Mexico Is No Longer Outlaw Central

Treaty with US is working, but bars death penalty

(Newser) - It's getting harder for US crooks to hide out in Mexico—as Cpl. Cesar Laurean would no doubt attest, Patrick J. Lyons blogs in the New York Times. In fact, Mexico and Washington have extradited dozens of suspects every year since an old treaty was improved in 1995. But the... More »

Fugitive Marine Captured in Mexico

He's charged in the murder of pregnant fellow Marine in NC

(Newser) - The FBI says it has arrested a fugitive Marine sought in the murder of a pregnant fellow Marine in North Carolina, the AP reports. Authorities say they arrested Cpl. Cesar Laurean in Mexico, where he fled in January. He is charged with killing Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, whose burned remains,... More »

Pregnant Marine's Neck Wound Likely Post-Mortem

Killer may have made cut to fit suicide story

(Newser) - A neck wound on the pregnant Marine slain earlier this year was probably made after death, pointing to faked evidence in her murder, CNN reports. The main suspect in the case, Cesar Laurean, said Maria Lauterbach, 20, slit her own throat, but the surface cut may have been made by... More »

Hundreds Mourn Slain Marine at Ohio Funeral

Slain woman had 'strong spirit'

(Newser) - Hundreds of family members and friends gathered near Dayton, Ohio, today for the funeral of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, the pregnant Marine murdered in North Carolina in December. Marines carried her casket; a smaller one held the body of her unborn child, Gabriel. Some 200 members of a group called... More »

NC Indicts Fugitive Marine

Prosecutor won't seek death penalty if Laurean found in native Mexico

(Newser) - The fugitive wanted for the death of pregnant Marine Maria Lauterbach was indicted today by a North Carolina grand jury, CNN reports. In addition to first-degree murder, fellow Marine Cesar Laurean was indicted on charges of ATM card theft, fraud, and robbery. A second autopsy’s preliminary findings suggest that... More »

Cousin Spots Wanted Marine in Mexico

DA seeks extradition, must forgo death penalty to gain cooperation

(Newser) - A Marine wanted for murder was spotted by his cousin near Guadalajara, Mexico, a week ago, CNN reports. Cpl. Cesar Laurean visited his cousin's liquor store and said he was "just passing by." The cousin says he didn't know about Laurean's legal troubles. Meanwhile, a North Carolina district... More »

Pregnant Marine 'Slit Her Own Throat,' Suspect Told Wife

But wife waited a day to report death to cops

(Newser) - The suspect in the murder of a pregnant Marine told his wife she slit her own throat during an argument and he buried her body in the woods, reports the Los Angeles Times. Cesar Armando Laurean's wife waited almost 24 hours before reporting the account to police.  He vanished... More »

Wanted Marine May Be in Mexico: FBI

Laurean wrote wife that pregnant colleague committed suicide

(Newser) - 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... More »

Pregnant Marine Didn't Think She Was in Danger

Told prosecutors she no longer thought Laurean was the father

(Newser) - A pregnant Marine whose body was discovered in the back yard of Cesar Armando Laurean told prosecutors in November that she no longer thought Laurean was the father, Marine officials say. Maria Lauterbach alleged that Laurean raped her in March and April, but doctors estimated the 20-year-old’s conception date... More »

Charred Body ID'd as Pregnant Marine's

Lauterbach died from blunt trauma to the head, autopsy reveals

(Newser) - The burnt body found in the yard of wanted Marine Cesar Laurean's house is that of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, and an autopsy revealed she died from blunt trauma to the head, CNN reports. The DA told the Daily News of Jacksonville, NC, he didn't know whether Lauterbach’s child... More »

Murdered Marine's ATM Card Surfaces

Suspect's truck sighted in NC; FBI offers $25K for information

(Newser) - Police recovered Maria Lauterbach's ATM card in a Durham, NC, bus station today and said her accused killer's truck was sighted in the area, CNN reports. The FBI offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Cesar Laurean, who allegedly murdered his fellow Marine last month.... More »

Suspect in Pregnant Marine's Killing Spotted in La.

Laurean seen exiting a bus in Shreveport

(Newser) - The Marine suspected in the murder of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach and her unborn child was spotted last night exiting a bus in Shreveport, La., and could be headed to Texas, police said today. Authorities said they believe Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean could be dangerous if "put in a... More »

Charred Body, Fetus Found in Marine's Yard

Nationwide manhunt underway for man suspected of kidnapping, murder

(Newser) - Police found the burnt remains of a woman and a fetus today buried in a Marine's backyard, CNN reports. The suspected remains of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach are being rushed to a North Carolina medical examiner for positive identification as police launch a manhunt for Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, the... More »

Pregnant Marine Died of 'Injury,' Sheriff Says

Police continue search for body; presumed killer still on the run

(Newser) - Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, the pregnant Marine missing since Dec. 19 and declared to be dead this morning, apparently died of an "injury," though North Carolina investigators have yet to locate her body or the place where she is thought to be buried. The search for lead suspect... More »

Pregnant Marine Missing

Hunt on for young mom-to-be set to testify about incident at base

(Newser) - A pregnant 20-year-old Marine scheduled to testify about an incident that occurred at her North Carolina military base has been missing for nearly a month, reports the Dayton Daily News. Maria Lauterbach's cell phone was found at the camp's gate, and her car at a bus station six miles away.... More »

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