January 14, 2008

This Makes Me Sick & Sad

These are the stories that make me agree with the death penalty. What kind of sick son of a bitch does something like this????

Slain Marine's ATM card found in Carolina bus station
Story Highlights
NEW: Slain Marine's ATM card found in North Carolina bus station
Maria Lauterbach killed four days she was before reported missing
Nationwide manhunt on for Cpl. Cesar Laurean
Lauterbach had accused Laurean of raping her

JACKSONVILLE, North Carolina (CNN) -- The ATM card of slain Marine Maria Lauterbach was found in a Durham, North Carolina, bus station over the weekend and the truck of the Marine suspected of killing her was reported in the area, police said Monday.

Lauterbach, 20, last spoke to relatives in the Dayton, Ohio, area on December 14.

The search for that suspect, Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, was "Earthwide," Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown said at a news conference Monday. He said a $25,000 reward is available to anyone providing information leading to Laurean's capture.
Laurean has evaded authorities since Friday, when his wife gave authorities a note the Marine had written saying Lauterbach, 20, had killed herself and that he had buried her in the backyard of their home near Camp Lejeune, police said.
Brown said he expected Laurean was getting help in hiding and asked friends or family to turn in the Marine corporal if he makes contact.
"I would imagine he's getting help ... even though he's committed this horrible crime, he's still got friends," Brown said.
Laurean, 21, of Nevada, is believed to have been driving a black Dodge pickup with North Carolina license plate TRR1522.
The sheriff described Laurean as "dangerous," especially if cornered.
A warrant for Laurean's arrest on murder charges was issued over the weekend.
Brown said evidence shows Lauterbach, who was eight months pregnant at the time of her disappearance, was killed on or about December 15, four days before she was reported missing to local law enforcement authorities.
Her burned body and a fetus were believed to have been found Saturday in a pit in the backyard of Laurean's home. An autopsy was pending.
Lauterbach, a lance corporal who worked with Laurean, had accused Laurean of raping her last spring.
Brown described the scene authorities found in Laurean's back yard over the weekend -- a charred body with a fetus.
The fetus was developed enough that the "little hand was about the size of my thumb. The little fingers were rolled up," he said.
"One of the things that will probably stick with me for a long time, and forever, is that little hand, the way those fingers were turned, that had been burned off the arm. That is bizarre. That is tragic. And it's disgusting."
Lauterbach disappeared from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, shortly before she was to testify at a military hearing about her rape accusation against Laurean.
Lauterbach's relatives believe her pregnancy was the result of the alleged rape, said Lauterbach's uncle, Peter Steiner, a Kentucky psychiatrist.
Lauterbach's mother, Mary Lauterbach, reported her as missing from Camp Lejeune on December 19. Mary Lauterbach said she had not talked with her daughter for five days.
Military officials said Laurean was not taken into custody after Lauterbach reported the alleged rape because there was information the two carried on "some sort of friendly relationship" after she filed the complaint against him. Steiner disputed that and said his niece had no relationship with Laurean.
In a statement issued Sunday evening, the Marines said they are investigating what information Lauterbach's superiors had and what steps were taken regarding the case.
"It is premature to discuss those actions until the review is completed," said Lt. Col. Curtis Hill, a Marine Corps spokesman.

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