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Headline: Missing Marine's Body Found

Headline: Missing Marine's Body Found

Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, a 20 year-old Marine, was eight months pregnant at the time of her disappearance almost a month ago. This morning, she has been found dead.

Sheriff Ed Brown announced this morning at a press conference that her body was found buried in Onslow County, North Carolina. Though the sheriff is not calling it murder at this time, he did say that Sergeant Daniel Durham is being questioned. A key witness, not Durham, provided the information that lead police to her body.

The family's last contact with the Marine was Dec. 14, and the last time she was seen was five days after that.

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flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
ugh, i have been following this for awhile and it just kills me. the sexual assault case had been dragging out for months and there was a protective order against laurean but they were still working near each other. her mom told the officers that her daughter was compulsive liar and bipolar (which i believe they would not have even allowed her to be a marine if she were biopolar), which completely slowed down the investigation, allowing this guy time to disappear into thin air. am i the only outraged by the series of events that have led up to them finding her?
SweetPeasMom SweetPeasMom 9 years
Yeah, he'd be her Senior NCO. Corporal, Lance Corporal and Sergeant are all enlisted ranks.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
CitizenSugar - I hope you change your post soon. It was pointed out to you yesterday that you've got the wrong guy fingered as the accused killer. Sgt Durham did nothing but rent a room to her and the police don't believe he has anything to do with her death. And, I'm not entirely familiar with the rank structure of the Marines but I don't believe a Sergeant or a Corporal (the actual accused) would qualify as an officer let alone a senior officer. Ok, corrections aside...what a sad story. I really hope they get to the bottom of all this and achieve some sort of justice in this case.
BlooBayoo BlooBayoo 9 years
The suspect in her murder is also the man she accused of sexually assaulting her. The news report states that the Marine Corps case against the man she was accusing was hinging on the birth of the child to provide DNA evidence that was crucial to the case. So the scenario likely went as such: She reported an assault Suspect denied assault and, in fact, any sexual contact She discovers pregnancy and reports it to the prosecutor Suspect discovers his lie is about to be revealed Now the fact that she's carrying what all parties obviously believe to be his baby proves that he lied about some part of his statement. He's screwed. He lied about sexual contact which calls into question his statement about rape. He's either going to be convicted in miliary court for sexual assault, sexual coercion (he's an officer and, therefore, in a position of power over her), or fraternization (alos because he's an officer and she's enlisted), at a minimum. Plus lying about it. I cannot say the suspect is guilty but those are pretty serious issues with HIS credibility.
nikkih nikkih 9 years
My thoughts and prayers go to her family....such a tragic story.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
So sad...
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
If it turns out that the accused did kill her, he may be the dumbest man alive. I can't think of a better way to clear myself of a rape charge than to kill the accuser and bury her in my backyard!
MFOX4 MFOX4 9 years
Right, caterpilar girl! She killed herself and buried herself in a shallow grave! Such talent for a deceased person. Geez.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
caterpillar may have something there. I didn't hear about the bipolar, but did hear about the lying. I also read that she continued a relationship with the accused which is one reason the Marine investigation went sour. Sadness all the way around though. Two lives lost. :(
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
i think she took her own life, she was bipolar, and being investigating for lying about the rape.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
hope they catch him and sentence him apportrialtey, he took two lives
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
After news yesterday was so posotive that she would be found okay I was hopeful. Now it's just sad. "The suspect in the case is Cpl. Cesar Armando Lauren, 21, a fellow Marine whom Lauterbach had accused of sexual assault, Sheriff Ed Brown said at a news conference Friday. The Marine Corps had brought Lauterbach's roommate, Sgt. Daniel Robert Durham, back to North Carolina from a training deployment in California to answer questions, but Brown said Friday he was not a suspect in her death."
sashak sashak 9 years
Oh no! I have been following this story & I was really hoping the outcome would be positive :(
Allotrios Allotrios 9 years
She was so young, too - only 20. Not to mention pregnant.
Molly Molly 9 years
This story is so sad, I kept hoping that they would somehow find her alive and okay, despite the fact that the chances looked so grim. Just heartbreaking.
-Maryan- -Maryan- 9 years
that's just so terrible...
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
this is so heartbreaking.
penelope829 penelope829 9 years
How awful...
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
This has to be devastating to her family. Hope everyone gives them respect during all of the media surrounding it...
ALSW ALSW 9 years
That's just heartbreaking.
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
May she rest in peace.
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