Congressman Michael Turner

Representing the 10th District of Ohio

Rep. Turner Seeks Sec. Hillary Clinton’s Assistance in Extraditing Suspected Murderer of Maria Lauterbach

Mar 16, 2009
Press Release
Congressman Mike Turner recently sought the assistance of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in extraditing Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean from Mexico so that he may be charged with the rape and murder of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach.
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Congressman Mike Turner (OH-03) recently sought the assistance of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in extraditing Marine Corporal Cesar Laurean from Mexico so that he may be charged with the rape and murder of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach. Rep. Turner has worked with the Lauterbach family, who are his constituents, to reform the process of reporting sexual assault for those serving in the military.

“Cesar Laurean is charged with the heinous crimes of rape and murder and it is imperative that he be brought to justice,” Congressman Turner said. “I hope that Secretary Clinton will be able to help the Lauterbach family in their efforts to bring closure to this process and peace to Maria and her unborn child.”

Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach and her unborn child were murdered in December 2007 and buried in the backyard of fellow Marine Cpl Cesar Laurean in Camp Lejeune North Carolina. Lauterbach had previously accused Laurean of rape. Laurean fled to Mexico where he was arrested in April of 2008 and was ordered to be extradited back to the United States in September. Laurean appealed this order and since that time the Lauterbach family has received no news regarding the status or progress of the extradition order. Because Cesar Laurean is eligible to claim dual American and Mexican citizenship, it is critical that proper diplomatic efforts be made.  

“Our nation owes Maria, her unborn child, and the Lauterbach family every possible effort to bring Cesar Laurean to justice,” Rep. Turner said. “I am hopeful that Secretary Clinton and the State Department can help to finally resolve this sad case.”