California man arrested in 2003 death of wife, whose legs were found in dumpster

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San Diego authorities arrested a man this week for the 2003 cold case murder of his wife whose remains were finally identified through a DNA sample from a...
Authorities in San Diego County, California, arrested a man this week in the 2003 cold case murder of his wife, whose remains were finally identified through a DNA sample from a family member.

Laurie Diane Potter's legs were found in a dumpster in Rancho San Diego in October 2003 but she remained a Jane Doe until investigators were able to find a blood relative through a commercial genealogy company, according to FOX 5 in San Diego.

She had been living in Temecula, California, at the time of her murder and was never reported missing.

Investigators used genetic genealogy to further the case, San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Thomas Seaver explained.

"Once we identified Laurie Potter, we went back through her life and tried to identify who she was, where she was living, who were her friends or family during that time frame," he told FOX 5. "This is an ongoing criminal investigation so we can't go into details, but we determined that there was substantial cause…
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