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Janice Lynn Potter

1986 Homicide Victim

Janice Lynn Potter was murdered in her home on Talister Court on April 15, 1986.

Baltimore County Police are looking to the public for information that could help them solve a murder that happened 29 years ago.

The evening of April 15, 1986, 26-year-old Janice Lynn Potter arrived home from work and ate dinner in her Talister Court, 21237 home. Janice was two months pregnant at the time and went to the basement after dinner to watch television in the family room. Just before Mr. Potter left for school in College Park at 6 p.m., he opened the sliding glass door slightly because the wood burning stove in the basement was putting out too much heat.

Mr. Potter came home at 10 p.m. to a horrific sight – Janice had been brutally murdered.

Investigators believe that sometime between 6 and 10 p.m., the suspect entered the home through the open sliding glass door and stabbed Janice Potter repeatedly. Multiple items were taken from the home that included:

Janice Lynn Potter was murdered in her home on Talister Court on April 15, 1986.
  • a ladies yellow gold ring with one ruby;
  • a ladies yellow gold ring with one emerald;
  • a ladies 14K white gold ring made up of a diamond surrounded by five sapphires;
  • a ladies 14K white gold wedding band, with the engraving June 14, 1981;
  • a 1/3 carat diamond white gold engagement ring;
  • a pair of 1/4 carat white gold pierced earrings; and
  • an antique sterling silver salt and pepper shaker.

In the weeks before her death, Janice Potter had been receiving annoying telephone calls and investigators believe that the person responsible for those calls may be the same person who killed her.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. Investigators believe that a neighbor who resided on Talister Court in 1986 may hold the key to solving this crime.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24 hours a day toll free.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

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