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Man's body found in airport parking lot eight months after death

Posted at 11:54 AM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 11:54:42-04

KANSAS CITY, MO (WDAF/CNN) - A family is mourning the loss of a loved one who had missing for nearly a year.

Kansas City police said they found Randy Potter's decomposed body in his vehicle eight months after he disappeared.

Potter's family insists investigators dropped the ball.

"Emotionally it's been a very, very tough journey," said Randy's wife, Carolina Potter. "The not knowing, the sleepless nights."

She said the painful mystery first began on Jan. 17 after her Randy left their home in Lenexa.

But Randy never arrived at work.

"I was calling the police department and ask if it was my husband," said Carolina.

Carolina said she and her family did everything they could to find her husband.

Strangers also fanned out around Lenexa, looking for the missing 54-year-old husband.

"The only thing I told them I don't know if I could find him," said Carolina. "I have no idea if I could find him, but I cannot stop looking for him."

Carolina said they filed a missing persons report with the Lenexa Police Department.

There was no sign of Randy for eight months.

But on Tuesday, officers at Kansas City International Airport were told about a vehicle in the parking lot that was emitting a bad smell.

The officers found Randy Potter's decomposed body in the driver seat of the vehicle.

Authorities believe Potter took his own life.

"The fact that he sat there for that long is disgusting," said Randy's daughter, Nicole.

The Potter family is furious because they say the Lenexa Police Department and airport officers dropped the ball.

The family has hired an attorney.

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