Baltimore County Police Seek Public Assistance In Solving 1986 Cold Case Murder


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BALTIMORE COUNTY - The Baltimore County Police Department is requesting public assistance in solving a nearly four-decades-old murder.

For information leading to an arrest, Baltimore County Police and Metro Crime Stoppers are offering rewards of up to $2,000. The public is strongly encouraged to come forward with any information that could aid in the investigation.

What happened?

Janice Lynn Potter, a 24-year-old woman two months pregnant, was found brutally murdered in her home on Talister Court in Nottingham on April 15, 1986.

According to police, after enjoying dinner, Potter had retreated to her basement to watch television. Her husband, noting the excessive heat from the wood-burning stove, cracked the basement's sliding glass door before departing for school.

Upon his return, he found his wife viciously murdered. Authorities believe the murderer entered through the open sliding glass door and stabbed Potter multiple times. Despite years of investigation, this cold case remains unresolved.

Police said that Potter had been plagued with persistent and bothersome phone calls in the weeks preceding her death. Authorities suspect that the individual behind these calls might also be her killer.

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