Camp Lejeune Marine Maria Lauterbach & Unborn Child Murdered, Remains Discovered in Fellow Marine’s Backyard; Cesar Laurean Sentenced to Life in Prison, No Parole (December 15, 2007)

LCpl Maria Lauterbach, USMC (2007)

Maria Lauterbach, US Marine Corps

The family of slain Marine Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach is hailing recent provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act that profoundly change the way the Department of Defense will handle sexual assault charges…Provisions include access to legal counsel for victims and the right to request a base transfer. Lauterbach’s mother, Mary Lauterbach of Vandalia, said the new law would have made the difference in the case of her daughter, who was denied a base transfer after accusing fellow Marine Cesar Laurean of sexual assault. “Maria would be alive today if the base transfer had been available to her,” she said. Representative Mike Turner (R-OH) concurred, “In civilian life you have complete control of your movements, and if you’re in an unsafe situation you can remove yourself. In military life, the victim needs permission to take even basic self-preservation actions.” –Dayton Daily News (December 25, 2011)

In the News:

The murder of pregnant Camp Lejeune Marine Maria Lauterbach has many people examining North Carolina’s fetal homicide law. North Carolina is one of twelve states that does not have an unborn child homicide law. Cesar Laurean, the Marine Corporal suspected of killing Lauterbach, only faces a murder charge in her death, not the death of the fetus. Henderson County state representative Trudi Walend proposed House Bill 263 to change that. Walend believes our state leaders have a fear that recognizing an unborn child might affects pro choice laws. -WITN-TV (January 15, 2008)

The autopsy shows that 20 year old Maria Lauterbach, who disappeared mid-December in North Carolina died from blunt force trauma. The sheriff says the autopsy also shows that Lauterbach died before her family reported her missing. -Associated Press (January 16, 2008)

Maria Lauterbach Case – Autopsy Confirms Body Is Lauterbach -WITN-TV (January 16, 2008)

Authorities say murder suspect Cesar Laurean has probably gone into hiding. His truck was found in a motel parking lot on Tuesday. An autopsy report confirmed burned remains found in his backyard were those of his pregnant colleague. -Associated Press (January 17, 2008)

Pregnant Marine’s mom laments her death -Today Show (March 12, 2008)

Missing Marine’s Uncle Speaks Out -ABC News (March 12, 2008)

The Oversight Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs holds a hearing, “Sexual Assault in the Military.” Panel one is Reps. Louise Slaughter (NY-28) and Jane Harman (CA-36); panel two is Ingrid Torres, MSW, CSW and Mary Lauterbach, Mother of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach; panel three includes representatives of the Defense Department, the Army, and the GAO. Mary Lauterbach, whose daughter was murdered after reporting a rape, testifies. -Nancy Pelosi (July 31, 2008)

A Marine who fled to Mexico shortly before he was charged with killing a pregnant colleague in North Carolina has been returned to the U.S., according to an FBI spokeswoman. -Associated Press (April 17, 2009)

Lauterbach murder trial to begin -WDTNTV (August 2, 2010)

The attorney for an ex-Marine accused of killing a pregnant colleague says the victim’s lies may have so angered the defendant he couldn’t have premeditated the murder. -Associated Press (August 12, 2010)

A North Carolina jury says a former Marine is guilty of first-degree murder in the death of a pregnant colleague whose remains were found under a backyard firepit. -WITN (August 24, 2010)

Dept. of Defense Gives New Provisions to Military’s Victims of Sexual Assault -WKEF/WRGT (August 15, 2013)

Major Hurdle Cleared for Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military -WKEF/WRGT (December 20, 2013)

Law protecting military victims of sexual assault discussed | Expedited transfer policy includes provisions for victims of domestic violence -WDTN TV (May 1, 2018)

Investigation Discovery:

Cesar and Christina Laurean’s Marine marriage ranks perfection, but when Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, joins the regiment, disaster strikes. -Burned by Desire, Deadly Affairs (S3,E3)

Video Links:
Maria Lauterbach Case – Search for the Body 1/14/2008
Maria Lauterbach Case – Search for Laurean 1/14/2008
Maria Lauterbach Case – Body Recovered 1/14/2008
Maria Lauterbach Case – Changing NC Fetal Homicide Law 1/15/2008
Maria Lauterbach Case – National Billboards Going Up 1/15/2008
Maria Lauterbach Case – Laurean’s Truck Found Near Raleigh 1/16/2008
Maria Lauterbach Case – Autopsy Confirms Body Is Lauterbach 1/16/2008
D.A.: ‘Marine Killed by Blunt Force Trauma’ 1/16/2008
Marine Accused of Murder Still at Large 1/17/2008
Media Puts Spotlight on Case of Missing Marine 1/18/2008
Laurean’s Wife Delayed Talking to Cops About Murder 1/21/2008
Maria Lauterbach Case – Laurean on America’s Most Wanted 1/21/2008
Congressman Asks Mexico For Help In Catching Laurean 1/21/2008
Photos Go Inside Marine Murder Suspect’s Home 1/22/2008
Maria Lauterbach Case – More Photos and Videos Released 1/29/2008
Mexico Issues Arrest Warrant for Marine 1/29/2008
Latest on Missing Marine wanted over pregnant woman’s death
Fetal Homicide Law In NC 2/1/2008
Pregnant Marine’s mom laments her death 3/12/2008
Missing Marine’s Uncle Speaks Out 3/12/2008
Residents of village where Cesar Laurean was hiding talk about the Marine 4/10/2008
Marine’s extradition process under way 4/11/2008
Suspect in killing of pregnant Marine in custody, state attorney presser
Email From Cesar Laurean 4/14/2008
Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military – Tierney Opening 7/31/2008
Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military – Lauterbach 7/31/2008
Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military – Rep. Slaughter 7/31/2008
Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military – Rep. Harman 7/31/2008
Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military – Contempt for DOD 7/31/2008
Prosecutor’s Intern Arrested, Slain Marine Case 8/15/2008
Marine Charged in Slaying Fighting Extradition 10/14/2008
Marine Returned to NC to Face Murder Charge 4/17/2009
Laurean Not Father of Lauterbach Baby 5/15/2009
Lauterbach murder trial to begin 8/2/2010
Lawyer: Ex-Marine Didn’t Plan to Kill Colleague 8/12/2010
Cesar Laurean Guilty Of Murder 8/24/2010
Dept. of Defense Gives New Provisions to Military’s Victims of Sexual Assault 8/15/2013
Major Hurdle Cleared for Victims of Sexual Assault in the Military 12/20/2013
Law protecting military victims of sexual assault discussed 5/1/2018
Carnal Appetite | Deadly Sins | Investigation Discovery (S1,E1)
Burned by Desire | Deadly Affairs | Investigation Discovery (S3,E3)

Related Links:
Obituary: Maria and Gabriel Lauterbach
Disappearance of Pregnant Marine Probed by North Carolina Authorities
Pregnant Marine missing from North Carolina base
Search for Pregnant Marine Intensifies
Adult, fetus found in shallow grave may be missing Marine
Blood, possible grave of pregnant Marine found at suspect’s house
Scenes From a Pregnant Marine’s Murder
Initial autopsy findings on slain Marine: Fetus not born alive
Grand jury indicts fugitive Marine in woman’s death
Remains of Adult Found; Marine Charged
Military: Slain Marine said she was not afraid of suspect
Pregnant Marine’s mom laments her death
N.C. Investigators Issue Warrant in ‘Disgusting’ Murder of Pregnant Marine
Police Confirm Truck Found in Hotel Parking Lot Belongs to Marine on the Run
Suspect in Slaying of Pregnant Marine Spotted
Marine on the Lam Spotted in Louisiana
Murdered Marine Suspect Spotted in Louisiana, May Be Headed to Texas
No ‘confirmed sightings’ of suspect in Marine’s killing
Mexico issues warrant for Laurean a week after sighting
Sheriff: Missing Pregnant Marine Is Dead, Corporal She Accused of Raping Her Named Suspect
Suspect: Pregnant Marine Killed Herself
Congressman Mike Turner Calls on DOD to Investigate Marines’ Handling of Rape and Murder Case of Maria Lauterbach
Lauterbach’s mother will see Laurean for 1st time at trial
Lauterbach ‘compulsive liar’ at times, mom says
Marines: Lauterbach was known liar
Laurean convicted in pregnant Marine’s death
Laurean guilty of Marine’s murder
Cesar Laurean Guilty of Murder of Pregnant Marine Maria Lauterbach
Former Marine Cesar Laurean Found Guilty of Pregnant Colleague Murder
Ex-Marine Guilty of Killing Pregnant Colleague Found Buried in Firepit
Ex-Marine convicted of killing colleague feels wrath of victim’s mom
Cesar Laurean Moved To Central Prison After Guilty Verdict
Wife of pregnant Marine’s killer won’t be charged
Lauterbach gives voice to slain daughter, works to change sexual assault law
DoD IG: Review of Matters Related to the Sexual Assault of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, U.S. Marine Corps (Redacted)
Lauterbach Sexual Assault Case Prompts Policy Reforms in Military
The Tragic Case of Maria Lauterbach
Marine mother shares tragic story of daughter’s sexual assault, murder
Tribute to Maria (YouTube)

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