Genetic genealogy leads to identification of Temecula woman as cold case murder victim, husband charged

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Laurie Diane Potter, 54, of Temecula was identified as a murder victim in a 2003 cold case. Her husband, Jack Potter, 68, has been arrested and charged with the crime. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Authorities have announced the arrest of Jack Dennis Potter, 68, in the cold case murder of Temecula resident Laurie Diane Potter, 54, whose remains were found Oct. 5, 2003, in the 1600 block of Hilton Head Court in San Diego, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Laurie Potter’s remains were unidentified for nearly two decades after her legs were discovered in an apartment complex dumpster. Her husband, Jack Potter, is accused of murdering her. At the time Laurie Potter’s remains were found, investigators were able to determine the remains belonged to an adult female, and that she was the victim of a homicide, but her identity and what exactly happened to her remained a mystery until recently thanks to the use of investigative genetic genealogy. According
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