Tuesday, January 22, 2008


The FBI has released this picture of fugitive Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean and a tattoo on his left arm.

Fugitive Marine seen in Mexico, cousin says

ZAPOPAN, Mexico (CNN) -- A cousin of suspected killer Marine Cpl. Cesar Laurean told CNN Tuesday that he saw the wanted man near Guadalajara a week ago.

Juan Antonio Ramos Ramirez said he did not know at the time the Marine visited him at his liquor store in Zapopan that Laurean was being sought by authorities for murder.
"He stopped by ... just a few days ago, last week," he said.

Asked what his cousin had told him, Ramos said, "Just 'Hi, I'm just passing by.' He told me he was here with some buddies for a few days and, you know, it's not the first time he's come by to visit, say hi to the family."

Also Tuesday, the FBI released photographs it said were taken within the past eight months showing the fugitive. Laurean has a tattoo of a phoenix rising from ashes on his left upper arm and a tattoo "possibly of a human skull layered over another image on his right upper arm," the agency said.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound man also has a small mole on the left side of his face between his lower lip and his chin.

The reported sighting jibes with Monday's report by Onslow County, North Carolina, District Attorney Dewey Hudson, who said he had seen "strongly compelling evidence" compiled by federal authorities indicating that Laurean had been in Mexico for more than a week. A law enforcement source told CNN Tuesday that, in addition to the letter he left for his wife at their house, Laurean has mailed her three others.

One letter is postmarked after Laurean left their North Carolina home on January 11 and drove to a motel in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, telling her he would be on the road, the source said. He wrote where he was leaving the truck and described the motel he was staying in, located near a mall the two had visited, the source said.

The letter was postmarked from Raleigh-Durham, the source said.


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