Dead body went unnoticed at Kansas City Airport parking lot for eight months

Monday, 19 Sep, 2017 0

A man’s body went undiscovered for eight months sat inside his pickup truck in an airport parking lot, and his family want answers to why it took so long to find him.

Randy Potter went missing on January 17 and it is thought he probably committed suicide at Kansas City Airport soon after.

He was slumped in the driver’s seat all that time until airport authorities were alerted to a foul odor in the parking lot.

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

His distraught family have slammed the police and airport demanding answers why it took so long before he was discovered.

At the time of the disappearance, airport officials told the family that if the vehicle was at the airport they would find it.

"How is it possible, in America. A truck sitting there for eight months?  He could have been found a lot sooner if everybody had done their job," wife Carolina Potter said at a press conference.

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

 "A detective was assigned that same day (of the disappearance). There were a few hundred man hours put in on the case," police spokesman Danny Chavez told the Kansas City Star.

Kansas City Police said they spoke to airport officials about checking the airport parking lots for the vehicle, and ‘assumed’ airport personnel would do that.

"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," said Chris Hernandez, director of communications for Kansas City.

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