A 21-year old Marine based at MCAS Miramar is sitting in the county jail, accused of killing his wife inside their Mira Mesa apartment.
San Diego police found the body of a 19-year old woman shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday in the one-bedroom, second-story apartment on Hillery Drive in Mira Mesa.
According to homicide Lt. Kevin Rooney
, the body did not show obvious signs of trauma.“The cause of the woman's death is not clear at this point," he said. "However, there was a number of things in the apartment that suggested it was a murder as opposed to a natural death.”
The suspect, Lance Cpl. Patrick Poteat, was arrested just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, who stopped him as he was driving in Yucca Valley
A spokesman from MCAS Miramar said Poteat, 21, has been stationed there since July 2009 and had not been deployed and had no previous duty stations.
“We saw them all the time here and there passing and stuff. But it's scary,” said neighbor Dorothy Alevras
Alevras said she overheard the couple arguing over the weekend. “So my husband went outside to see if someone needed help or if a kid was getting hurt," she said. "It was him, I guess beating her up or hurting her and she was running away.”
The name of the victim has not yet been released. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.
Published at 6:27 AM PST on Jan 6, 2010 | Updated at 6:46 AM PST on Jan 6, 2010