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Janice Lynn Potter

1986 Homicide Victim

In the evening of April 15, 1986, 24-year-old Janice Lynn Potter arrived home from work and ate dinner in her home on Talister Court, 21237. Janice was two months pregnant at the time and went to the basement after dinner to watch television in the family room. Her husband opened the sliding glass door slightly just before he left for school in College Park at 6 p.m. that night 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:

  • 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 one-third carat diamond white gold engagement ring
  • A pair of one-fourth carat white gold pierced earrings
  • 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.

Investigators believe that a neighbor who resided on Talister Court in 1986 may hold the key to solving this crime.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text, online or mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text: "MCS (include tip)" to CRIMES (274637)

Web tip:

Mobile App: P3TIPS

Revised April 9, 2020         


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