Another image shows the inside of Laurean's garage, where police say
they believe Lauterbach was murdered. Police say the photo is
evidence that Laurean attempted to cover up the crime scene,
painting part of a wall that had been splattered with blood.
Authorities last week said that a witness had come forward with a
possible murder weapon but would not confirm a report that the
weapon used was a crowbar.
(Onslow County Sheriff's Office)
Cops believe Laurean killed Maria in the garage of his home, then
cleaned up the mess. You can see what cops believe are remnants of
blood stains on the floor.
Cops worked diligently to unearth the body of Maria and her unborn
The body of Maria and her unborn baby were sent to the Medical
Examiner for identification.
Cops say Maria's charred remains were buried 14-16 inches deep into
Cops believe Laurean murdered Maria in his garage.
Cops believe Laurean purchased paint supplies to cover up his
Authorities released a series of images that fill in some of the
gaps between Lauterbach's disappearance on Dec. 14 and recovery of
her body Jan. 11. One showed Laurean using Lauterbach's ATM card in
Jacksonville, N.C., Dec. 24. Laurean was also captured on
surveillance video buying a wheelbarrow, paint and concrete blocks
during trips to a home improvement store Dec. 16 and Dec. 24. The
items are consistent with an attempt to cover up a crime scene,
Onslow County authorities say.
(Americas Most Wanted/AP Photo)
The FBI, which is overseeing the manhunt for Laurean, also released
recent images of the fugitive. The photos show a tattoo of a phoenix
rising from the ashes on the upper part of Laurean's left arm, and
what appears to be a human skull layered over another image on the
upper part of his right arm.
Lauterbach, 20, was more than eight months pregnant when she
vanished in December from the Camp Lejeune military base. More than
a month later, the manhunt continues for Laurean, Lauterbach's 21-year-old
superior officer whom she had accused of rape. Laurean is wanted in
the death of Lauterbach and her unborn child. (AP Photo)
Police say Maria was set to testify against Laurean in court.
Laurean is accused of sexually assaulting her.
Lauterbach worked under Laurean as a personnel clerk at Camp Lejeune.
Military officials there had been investigating reports by
Lauterbach that Laurean had sexually assaulted her twice last year.
The female Marine said she believed Laurean was her unborn baby's
father but later recanted that statement. Military officials twice
issued protective orders that kept the two Marines separated by
1,000 feet. Laurean was never taken into custody because he was not
considered a flight risk, and Lauterbach did not consider him a
threat, Marine officials said.
(Gerry Broome/AP Photo)
The charred remains of Maria Lauterbach, who was memorialized in her
home state of Ohio, were discovered Jan. 11 buried in a fire pit in
Laurean's backyard. The state medical examiner would later determine
that Lauterbach died Dec. 15, a day after she was last seen. She had
been killed by a blow to the head, the autopsy found. Her family
first reported her missing Dec. 18 in Ohio. North Carolina
authorities were notified the next day. The Marines already knew
that Lauterbach was missing.
(Skip Peterson/AP Photo)
A murder arrest warrant was issued for Laurean. But Laurean fled the
area early in the morning the day Lauterbach's body was found. His
wife, former Marine Christine Laurean, told authorities her husband
left behind notes claiming that Lauterbach had slit her own throat
and that he buried her body out of fear. Laurean vaulted to the top
of the FBI's Most Wanted list.
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, authorities recovered Laurean's abandoned
pickup truck in the parking lot of a North Carolina motel about 135
miles from his Jacksonville home. Authorities could not confirm
reports of sightings of Laurean riding a Texas-bound bus in
Shreveport, La. The FBI announced that he may be heading to Mexico.
Laurean had reportedly told fellow Marines that he would flee to
Mexico, where he was born, if the military found him guilty of
(Onslow County, N.C. Sheriff's office/AP Photo)
Mary Lauterbach, Maria's adoptive mother, has told authorities that
her daughter has been known to lie about certain things in the past,
statements she repeated on "Good Morning America" earlier this month.
The mother feared that this history would raise questions about her
daughter's credibility in the military's rape probe. Mary Lauterbach
was criticized for the comments she made about her daughter, but she
stood by them in an interview published Sunday, Jan. 20, in her
hometown's Dayton Daily News. Maria Lauterbach had left behind a
note for her roommate on Dec. 14 in which she wrote, "I could not
take this Marine Corps life anymore."
(Lisa Powell, Dayton Daily News/AP Photo)