A Kansas City man apparently drove to the airport in January and that’s where he died. No one noticed for 8 months — the police just found him last week — even though his niece specifically guessed he might have gone to the airport, and they were assured the parking lot would be scoured.
[The man’s family] started checking parking lots. They gave Potter’s license plate number to parking authorities, who said security checked the parking lots regularly, according to Alderman.
The three relatives also went to the Airport Police Division office where, Alderman said, an official told her that airport police had Potter’s information. She said the official told her that security routinely checked the license plates on the vehicles — even if a vehicle had only a rear license plate and was backed into a space, as may have been the case with Potter’s truck.
Alderman said the official told her that if Potter’s vehicle was in the parking lots, it would be found.
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Police were alerted to a foul odor in Economy Lot B on Tuesday and that’s where they found the man. They suspect that cause of death is suicide.
The 53 year old, who was working as a manager for T-Mobile, left home on January 17th and was never seen again. After a week his family went to the airport looking for him.
Authorities there assured them “that if Potter’s vehicle was in one of their parking lots, security officers would find it.”
The airport, for its part, expresses condolences to the family — and throws the contractor which manages parking under the bus as it were.
“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.”
Our cell phone geolocation data is tracked. Traffic cameras are plugged into government databases. Internet traffic is monitored. Who’d have thought the one place we could have true privacy is in public view in an airport parking lot?
For sake of closure for the family it’s truly sad that the man wasn’t found sooner.