Nassau County

FBPD: Local handyman arrested, accused of killing Fernandina Beach pet sitter Colleen Potts

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. — The Fernandina Beach Police Department announced an arrest connected to the mysterious death of beloved pet sitter Colleen Potts.

On Oct. 24, Potts, 73, was dog-sitting at a home on 13th Street when she was murdered, police said.

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When police arrived at the home, the garage door and interior door were wide open, with the dogs running freely. Potts was found dead on the couch, police said.

On Dec. 16, Fernandina Beach police and the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office served search warrants at a Fernandina Beach home. The results of the search warrants plus the additional evidence that has been discovered during the investigation led to the arrest of Shawn Lamont Wigham.

The police said Wigham is a local handyman and is familiar with the area and the owner of the residence.

According to officials, Potts died from a single gunshot wound. They would not specify where she was shot.

Officials also said Wigham broke into Potts car the night before, and that her purse was missing from the home when she was found.

Wigham has been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, homicide, and burglary, according to FBPD.

According to the Fernandina Beach deputy chief, Wigham’s prior felony was for the sale and delivery of cocaine in Nassau County.

Bailey Husker

Bailey Husker, Action News Jax

Bailey Husker is a digital content producer and assignment editor for Action News Jax.