FBI Release Additional Photos Of Fugitive Marine Cesar Armando Laurean

Charlotte— LAWFUEL – The FBI, in conjunction with the Onlsow County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is releasing additional photographs of fugitive U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal Cesar Armando Laurean and a new known alias to assist in the ongoing international search. Laurean is a suspect in the homicide of USMC Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach. FBI Special Agent in Charge Nathan T. Gray stated, “These additional photographs of tattoos on each of his upper arms are clear and distinctive. We are hoping the new information and the wanted posters translated into Spanish will assist in law enforcement efforts to find Laurean. I continue to urge anyone with information about Laurean’s whereabouts to call 1-800-CALLFBI (1-800-225-5324).”

Anyone with information regarding Laurean’s whereabouts can also go online and submit tips at the FBI’s website, www.fbi.gov. The FBI has also posted the Spanish language version of Laurean’s wanted posted at www.fbi.gov.

The new images show Laurean’s tattoo of a phoenix rising from the ashes on his left upper arm, and a large tattoo, possibly of a human skull layered over another image on his right upper arm. Additionally, Laurean has a small mole on the left side of his face between his lower lip and his chin. The photographs are believed to have been taken within the last eight months.

Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution – Murder
Cesar Armando Laurean
Aliases: Cesar Gudino, Cesar Sanchez, Cesar Armando Laurean-Ramirez, Armando Ramirez


Date of Birth: November 13, 1986
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 160 pounds
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Sex: Male
Race: White/Hispanic
Nationality: Naturalized U.S. Citizen (since 2003) of Mexican ancestry
NCIC Number: W653665176
Occupation: USMC Corporal

Scars and Marks: Laurean has a tattoo of a phoenix rising from the ashes on his left upper arm, and a large tattoo, possibly of a human skull layered over another image, on his right upper arm. Laurean also has a small mole on the left side of his face between his lower lip and his chin.

Remarks: Laurean is a USMC Corporal who was assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, when he apparently fled North Carolina during the early morning hours of January 11, 2008.


Cesar Armando Laurean is wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of 20-year-old Maria Lauterbach, who was approximately eight months pregnant at the time of her disappearance on or about December 14, 2007. Lauterbach was a USMC Lance Corporal assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, when she went missing. On January 11, 2008, the charred remains of Lauterbach and her unborn baby were recovered from a shallow grave in the backyard of Laurean’s Jacksonville, North Carolina, residence, and the cause of death was later determined to be homicide.

A state arrest warrant for Laurean was issued on January 12, 2008, in Onslow County, North Carolina, after Laurean was charged with the murder of Lauterbach. That same day, Laurean was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution (UFAP) in the Eastern District of North Carolina, and a federal warrant was issued for his arrest.


The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000.00 for information leading to the location and arrest of Cesar Armando Laurean.


If you have any information concerning Laurean, please contact the FBI tipline at 1-800-CALLFBI (1-800-225-5324) or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Anyone with information in Mexico should contact the Office of the Legal Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City at 011-52-55-5080-2177 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; after hours, call 011-52-55-5080-2000 and request to speak with an official from the Legal Attache office.

The charge for which Laurean is being sought is merely an allegation, and Laurean is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Press releases are available within 48 hours of release on the website for the FBI Charlotte Field Office at charlotte.fbi.gov.

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