Cesar Armando Laurean – A nationwide manhunt is underway for accused killer Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, wanted in the murder of pregnant missing Marine, Maria Lauterbach.

Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean wanted for murder

Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean, a personnel clerk from Clark County, Nevada, fled the Marine base at Camp Lejeune about 4 a.m. Friday, shortly before police learned of his involvement in Maria Lauterbach’s murder.

A female ex-Marine who came forward with new information in the case of the pregnant missing Marine, Maria Lauterbach, provided details of her death that implicated Laurean.

Maria Lauterbach

Authorities were looking for his black Dodge quad-cab pickup with North Carolina license plate TRR-1522.

“We’ll get him one way or the other, somewhere,” Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown told reporters.

Brown said authorities had obtained physical evidence of Lauterbach’s death that also linked Cesar Laurean to the case. He would not elaborate on that evidence.  

Asked how Lauterbach died, Brown would only speak “of an injury to her.”

Investigators are looking for Lauterbach’s body in a residential wooded area in Onslow County near the Camp Lejeune Marine base.

Missing Marine killed by Cesar Laurean

Brown said investigators learned of Lauterbach’s death around 8 a.m. Friday when a female former Marine contacted military authorities. When they went to arrest laurean, they found that he had fled hours earlier.

21-year old Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean was accused of raping Maria Lauterbach. The rape caused her pregnancy and the baby’s birth was expected to provide DNA evidence supporting her claim.

The rape case was being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Cpl. Lauterbach was due to testify against Cpl. Cesar Laurean, but disappeared a week before her scheduled appearance.

Lauterbach’s cell phone was found on a roadside near Camp Lejeune on December 20. Her car was found January 7th in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, Brown said, and apparently had been there since December 15.

Her credit card had been used December 14th to buy a bus ticket to El Paso, Texas which was never used.

Investigators have said there was also “suspicious activity” on Maria Lauterbach’s bank account December 24th. 

Lauterbach’s ATM card was used at a Marine Federal Credit Union by a man who attempted to cover the surveillance camera with a rag while he withdrew money from her account.

Authorties believe those activities were orchestrated by Cesar Laurean to cover up Maria Lauterbach’s murder.

And that’s the latest news on Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean.