Miramar Marine Held for Murder of his Wife

SAN DIEGO — The body of an 18-year-old woman was found inside a Mira Mesa apartment Tuesday morning, and a 21-year-old Marine believed to be her husband was arrested less than four hours later in San Bernardino County on suspicion of murder, authorities said.

San Diego police found the body shortly before 9 a.m. in the one-bedroom, second-story apartment on Hillery Drive near Westonhill Drive, said homicide Lt. Kevin Rooney.

Rooney said the body did not show obvious signs of trauma.

“The cause of death was not obvious, although several things in the apartment suggested it was a murder,” Rooney said, adding that he could not elaborate.

The suspect, Lance Cpl. Patrick Poteat, was arrested at 12:35 p.m. Tuesday by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies, who stopped him as he was driving in Yucca Valley.

Poteat is a telephone and computer repairman at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, a base spokesman said. He had not been deployed and had no previous duty stations.

Yucca Valley is about 30 miles from Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, but it is not yet known where Poteat was headed, Rooney said. Records showed he previously lived in Twentynine Palms and Jackson, Ga.

While preparing a search warrant for the apartment, San Diego police developed information about Poteat’s location that led them to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, Rooney said.

San Diego detectives drove to Yucca Valley and planned to return Poteat to San Diego on Tuesday night, where he will be booked into jail on a murder charge, Rooney said.

San Diego police went to the apartment initially after a man who is a friend of Poteat’s called 911. The man said that Poteat called him and asked him to call police and have them check the apartment, Rooney said.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.

Staff writer Karen Kucher contributed to this report.

2 Responses

  1. are you fucking kidding me? he was nothing but an abuser who doesn’t deserve to take another selfish breath. he’s anything but a man. kalyn did nothing but love him, and what does he do… kill her. yeh hes a really caring person. his mother should be so ashamed to have that piece of shit son. how would you feel if someone killed your daughter for no fucking reason. SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU IGNORANT WOMAN. YOUR PROBABLY JUST LIKE HIM. who cares if he took care of some sick child. HE TOOK SOMEONES LIFE. apparently you have no clue what that means.

    rest in peace baby. everyone misses you. theres not a day that goes by that i dont think of you. he’ll get his. trust me baby girl. look after us, love you so much.

  2. I have known patrick from the time he was 6 years old and he was never angry person or would ever hurt anything . he help his mother take care of my sick nephew up untill his death. we was very good with him and a caring person.

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