On October 5th, 2003, a 911 caller reported a pair of legs found inside a dumpster. Seventeen years later, their identity has revealed to have belonged to Laurie Potter.
Upon discovering her legs in 2003, the autopsy concluded the legs belonged to an adult female. Her death was a homicide. Due to the lack of evidence, the case remained cold until more than two decades later.
During the time of her disappearance, Laurie’s information did not appear in any DNA database. And, her disappearance was not made aware to the police. Troy DuGal, the case’s lead detective, announced the research conducted to track Laurie’s identity.
Investigators used technical assistance called genetic genealogy testing to identify any relatives of the victim. After finding a similar DNA match, police began creating a family tree, which led to her husband, Jack Dennis Potter.
Police arrested Potter outside his home last Wednesday. Potter remains held without bond and scheduled for more charges this week.
The potential motive and cause of the death of Laurie remain unknown.