Remains found of woman who disappeared while celebrating 21st birthday, murder suspect at large

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Aug. 31 2021, Published 12:21 p.m. ET

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Police in Texas have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man they believe murdered a woman after he met her while she was out with friends celebrating her birthday.

On July 25, Shawtyeria Waites, 21, and her two friends were with the suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Jordan Potts, at a strip club and he invited them to his residence in southwest Houston.

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Waites, who police said may have first communicated with Potts via social media or a dating app, was last seen alive around 8 p.m. when her friends dropped her off at Potts’s building while they went to a store to buy makeup. But by the time the friends returned, both Waites and Potts were gone, KPRC-TV reported.

Waites was reported missing two days later and investigators launched an investigation. Detectives found evidence of foul play on Aug. 13 and referred the missing person case to the Houston Police Department Homicide Division.

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Evidence allegedly shows Waites was killed in Potts’ apartment, her body put in the trunk of his car and then dumped in another location, Houston police said.

Two weeks later, on Aug. 27, what police believe to be Waites’s remains were located in Brookshire, a city in the Houston metropolitan area, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office charged Potts with murder.

The suspect remains at large and is considered dangerous, police said.

Anyone with information in this case or on the whereabouts of Jordan Potts is urged to contact the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at (713) 308-3600.

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