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September 19, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A decomposing corpse sat for eight months behind the steering wheel of a vehicle in an airport’s long-term carpark without being noticed or arousing suspicion, while friends and relatives of the deceased searched high and low for the missing man.

Relatives even hired a private investigator to track down the dead man.

Randy Potter, 53, who worked for a mobile phone company, went missing in January. After an extensive search that continued for practically all of this year, family members were shocked and dismayed to learn he had been dead all the while, the Kansas City Star reported.

Police discovered Potter’s body sitting in his truck when they investigated reports of a foul smell emanating from a vehicle in the long-term carpark at Kansas City International Airport.

Reports said the body was so decomposed investigators were unable initially to determine gender or race.

The family held a news conference on Friday to ask why Potter wasn’t found sooner. He was last seen on 17 January 2017.

Potter’s wife and niece, who went to the airport looking for him within a week of his disappearance, say airport authorities assured them that if Potter’s vehicle was in the carpark, security officers would surely find it. They didn’t, though thousands of people drove past the parked truck.

A Kansas City spokesman issued a written statement: 

“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.”

It appears Potter’s death was suicide.

Note: If this story has raised personal concerns about corpses, long-term parking, suicide or other matters: Lifeline: 13 11 14.

Written by Peter Needham

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