Wanted Marine May Be in Mexico: FBI

Laurean wrote wife that pregnant colleague committed suicide
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2008 6:19 PM CST
Wanted Marine May Be in Mexico: FBI
Two Onslow County sheriff's deputies stand guard on North Byran Road near Jacksonville, N.C., on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008, while other deputies restrict traffic in the area where the suspect Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean lives. Laurean is the primary suspect in the disappearance and death of pregnant...   (Associated Press)

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 Meanwhile, police said Lauterbach had withdrawn $700 from her bank and bought a one-way ticket to Texas, which she never used. (More Cesar Laurean stories.)

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