Charred Body, Fetus Found in Marine's Yard

Nationwide manhunt underway for man suspected of kidnapping, murder
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2008 4:03 PM CST
North Carolina Bureau of Investigation personnel and other investigators walk next to the shallow grave found to contain human remains believed to be those of missing Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach...   (Associated Press)
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(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 chief suspect in Lauterbach's disappearance.

Police confirmed today that Laurean's wife turned in his note saying he had burned Lauterbach's body. “We believe our suspect has fled the state of North Carolina; removed himself as far from here as he can get,” a sheriff said today. Laurean is believed to be driving a black Dodge pickup and is described as “dangerous," particularly if cornered. (Read more Maria Lauterbach stories.)