KANSAS CITY — A man who went missing eight months ago has been found dead inside a car parked at a lot at the Kansas City airport where he apparently shot himself in January and had sat unnoticed ever since.
Randy Potter’s family is outraged that his body hadn’t been discovered sooner as it sat in a busy parking lot for months. When he was found, his body was so decomposed investigators couldn’t immediately tell its gender or race, the Kansas City Star reported.
Police believe Potter committed suicide not long after he was last seen on Jan. 17 and his truck was found on the ground level of a short- and long-term lot. His relatives say they had approached airport authorities early on in their hunt for him and were told if his 2014 Dodge Ram pickup were in one of their lots, it would be found.
But it wasn’t until someone noticed a foul stench coming from the vehicle.
“How is it possible, in America?” said Potter’s wife, Carolina. “A truck sitting there for eight months? He could have been found a lot sooner if everybody had done their job.”
The family has hired a lawyer. Kansas City police say they are investigating what had gone wrong, although they noted that airport authorities had 25,000 parking spaces to check.
“How many thousands of people drove by the vehicle? How many people walked by?” Potter’s niece, Melissa Alderman told the paper. “It’s disgusting. And it’s infuriating. It’s a total disregard for human life.”