The dead body of a missing father from Lenaxa, Kansas was found in the parking lot at Kansas City International Airport, eight months after authorities learned of his disappearance.
Fox 4 in Kansas City reports that the body of 54-year-old Randy Potter was found in the driver’s seat of his truck by airport security after people began to complain of a foul odor emitting from the vehicle. Potter was first reported missing on January 17, after failing to show up at work.
"Emotionally it's been a very, very tough journey. The not knowing, the sleepless nights," said his wife, Carolina Potter, at a press conference September 15. "My husband could have been found in the first...I'm gonna be very generous...in the first week, okay?"
In a cruel irony, Carolina is a flight attendant, and says she searched the airport parking lot in the first week of him being reported missing. She claims authorities reassured her that they would find him if he had been there, according to The Washington Post.
Randy Potter was a Navy veteran and worked as a project engineer at T-Mobile. It is believed he took his own life.
The family and private investigator John Underhill, whom they hired to aid in their search, believe Potter committed suicide the same day he was reported missing, meaning his body sat in his truck through the cold of winter and then the blistering summer heat.
According to WIBW, the family say the truck’s windows were tinted but not so dark that you couldn’t see inside.
“The integrity of my father, his body… it just soiled because he sat in this vehicle for eight months. Through summer, cooking in the Midwestern heat, for eight months,” said Potter’s daughter Nichole to The Washington Post. “It’s disgusting. It’s a disgusting thought.”
The family is now asking questions as to why authorities didn’t search the airport harder and how a dead body could be left to fester inside a car in plain sight for two-thirds of a year.
Lenexa police spokesman Danny Chavez told the Kansas City Star that while the department spent “a few hundred man hours” on the case, “we did not check the parking lots.”
Meanwhile, in a statement to FOX4, Kansas City spokesman Chris Hernandez said, "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 fact involved, including S-P Plus, which manages the 25,000 parking spaces at Kansas City International Airport."