Sheriff: Missing Pregnant Marine Is Dead, Suspect at Large
By MIKE BAKER WRAL
Associated Press Writer
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A pregnant 20-year-old Marine missing for nearly a month is dead, and investigators were a seeking fellow Marine she had accused of raping her, a sheriff said Friday.
Authorities had not recovered the body of Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach, who was about eight months pregnant, but they believed she was buried in a shallow grave in a residential area of coastal Onslow County, Sheriff Ed Brown said. The suspect - 21-year-old Cpl. Marine Cesar Armando Lauren - is not in custody, he said.
"They don't know where he is," Brown said. "He's gone."