Deceased Man Found in Missouri Airport Parking 8 Months After He Was Reported Missing

September 19, 2017 Last Updated: November 16, 2017

A deceased man was found in the parking lot of a Missouri airport eight months after he went missing.

The relatives and attorneys of Randy Potter, 53, believe that he went missing—and died—shortly after leaving his home in Lenexa, Missouri, on Jan. 17 of this year. That was the last day he was seen alive, the Kansas City Star reported.

His body was discovered Tuesday, Sept. 19, after a bad smell was noticed near his 2014 Dodge Ram truck at a parking lot in the Kansas City International Airport.

Kansas City Airport Terminal B parking lot . A deceased man was found in the parking lot of a Missouri airport eight months after he went missing. (Google Street View.
Kansas City Airport Terminal B parking lot . A deceased man was found in the parking lot of a Missouri airport eight months after he went missing. (Google Street View)

Potter is believed to have died by suicide, according to the Star.

“How is it possible, in America?” Potter’s wife, Carolina, commented to the paper. “A truck sitting there for eight months? He could have been found a lot sooner if everybody had done their job.”

The truck was parked on the street level near the airport’s Terminal B. His family went to the airport and looked for him. Airport officials told them that if his vehicle was in one of their lots, security officers would find it.

“It’s amazing that he wasn’t found in June or July,” Kansas City lawyer John Picerno said. “Our goal is to find out what happened and why. What was done, what wasn’t done. And to try to make sure that this doesn’t happen again to somebody.”

(Kansas City Police)
The relatives and attorneys of Randy Potter, 53, believe that he went missing—and died—shortly after leaving his home in Lenexa, Mo., on Jan. 17, 2017. That was the last day he was seen alive, the Kansas City Star reported. (Kansas City Police)

A representative for Kansas City issued a statement on his death.

“The city of Kansas City and its Aviation Department express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Randy Potter. We wish them peace during this difficult time. We are working with all parties to determine the facts involved, including SP Plus, which manages the 25,000 parking spaces at Kansas City International Airport,” the statement read.

But Potter’s daughter, Nichole, told WDAF-TV that it was “disgusting” that his body sat in his truck for eight months. Another relative said it was a “total disregard for human life.

“My husband could have been found in the first, I’m gonna be very generous, in the first week okay,” his wife added. “I don’t wish this to nobody, nobody should go through this,” she said.

 

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