Pregnant Marine Missing

Hunt on for young mom-to-be set to testify about incident at base
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2008 4:50 AM CST
Pregnant Marine Missing
Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Maria Lauterbach, a pregnant Marine stationed at the base, vanished on December 14 after speaking to her family. Her cell phone was found at the camp's gate. Her family say she was scheduled to testify about an incident she witnessed in the camp.   (Flickr)

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. Her mother said Lauterbach typically calls home several times a day. Her baby boy is due next week.

Military and state investigators are looking into the case. On the day she vanished, money was taken out of her bank account and there was "suspicious activity" on the account ten days later. "I don't like the gut feelings I have," said the county sheriff. "I hope I'm wrong." (More Maria Lauterbach stories.)

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