Man's Body Unnoticed For 8 Months at KC Airport

Man's Body Unnoticed For 8 Months at KC Airport

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

A suicidal man's family are devastated after he was found decomposing in an airport auto park eight months after he went missing, and despite the his wife and daughter asking the airport to check for his vehicle within a week of his absence.

Investigators later confirmed that the body belonged to Randy Potter, who they believe took his own life, according to WDAF.

Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride said the auto was found in the airport's Economy Lot B, a short shuttle ride away from the terminals.

Potter was reported missing on January 17 with the Lenexa Police Department.

Randy Potter family
Randy Potter family

When found, the body was so badly decomposed it was impossible to ascertain the race or gender.

Authorities desperately seeked information on Mr Potter after his disappearance.

Demanded Potter's wife, Carolina Potter, 'How is it possible, in America?' Carolina Potter tells the Star.

According to KCTV, Carolina said she was told by airport police that if her husband's work vehicle was somewhere in the parking lot, it would be found.

She said he could have been found at least in the first week of the search.

"The integrity of my father, his body ... it just soiled because he sat in this vehicle for eight months".

Carolina Potter had also, reportedly, called the airport's police department, who told her if her husband's truck was anywhere in the airport's parking lot, they would find it. "Our goal is to find what happened and why".

The Potter family had hired a private investigator to find him and lays a lot of the blame at the police investigation.

Despite a widespread police search and the family bringing in private detectives, Potter's body was not discovered until last week. "And try to make sure that this doesn't happen again to somebody".

The family flew in Mr Potter's niece, Melissa Alderman, from Florida to help with their search initially and she suggested checking the airport.

Kansas City spokesman Chris Hernandez issued a statement in regards to Potter's death, and said the department would be working with other agencies to find answers. "Knowing that they sat there and baked for eight months - I can't breathe", Alderman said.

"How many thousands of people drove by the vehicle?"

The Kansas City Star quoted a Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman as telling them the truck had been found a short shuttle ride from the airport's terminals. How many people walked by?. 'We wish them peace during this hard time'. She said it was "infuriating" and "disgusting" and that it was a "total disregard for human life". They said they are now working with all the parties involved, including SP Plus, which manages the 25,000 parking spaces at the airport, to determine what happened.

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