When a young coastal North Carolina mother is brutally murdered in her own home, investigators determine that her killer was likely a man who had responded to a classified sale ad she’d placed in a local paper. Investigators continue to pursue a killer who’s managed to evade law enforcement for decades in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Beverly “Jaye” Potter-Mintz was 23-years-old when she was murdered inside her Leland, North Carolina home. She was a loving mother of two sons, one of whom was present during the attack. Her killer is believed to be an unidentified man who responded to a classified sale ad she had posted. Source: family photo.
This newspaper clipping from 1989 shows the ad that Jaye’s killer is believed to have responded to.
This stillframe from a 1989 WECT News segment was taken from outside Jaye’s home in Leland, NC. Despite the fact that her home was located on a well-traveled road and construction was occurring in the neighborhood, no one (other than her young son) recalled seeing her killer.
Jaye had very close bonds with her family members, who were devastated by her death. Here, Jaye (bottom right) is pictured with her sister and parents. She was also close with her cousins, niece and–of course–her own two children. She is still missed by many members of her family. Source: family photo.
Jaye is remembered as a particularly kind woman who worked hard to provide for her sons, who were 4 and 2-years-old at the time of her death. Her killer–who remains unidentified–robbed her children of a loving parent, and has yet to be held responsible for this crime.
Sources used to research this episode:
Family Holding Out Hope for Justice 34 Years After Brutal Murder of North Carolina Mother Jaye Potter Mintz (Andrea Cavallier / NBC News)
Cold Case: Jaye Potter-Mintz (Kacey Gaumer / WECT News 6)
New DNA Technology Used to Test Evidence in 1987 Murder (Hannah Patrick / WWAY3 News)
UNSOLVED: Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office Buys New DNA Technology to Solve Crime (Hannah Patrick / WWAY3 News)
Cold Case: Family Keeps Hope Alive Decades After Young Mother’s Murder in Leland (Matt Tomsic / Star News Online)
If you know anything about the murder of Beverly Jaye Potter-Mintz, please contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 910-253-2777.
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