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.
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.
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