The family of a man whose body decomposed in a KCI parking lot for months is suing the company responsible for monitoring vehicles in the lot.
SP+ Corporation and two of its employees are named as defendants in the suit, which was filed Friday by Randy Potter’s widow, Carolina Potter, and his two children in Platte County Circuit Court. The suit alleges the Delaware-based company and the employees caused “extreme trauma and emotional distress” for Potter’s relatives after the defendants failed to find the Lenexa man’s body for eight months.
Potter’s body was found last September after Kansas City police were alerted to a foul odor by a patron. Potter had taken his own life sometime after his relatives last saw him the previous January.
The truck had been sitting at the airport since mid-January, when Potter’s family reported him missing.
A spokesman for the Kansas City Aviation Department told the Kansas City Star that the truck was parked in the airport’s Economy Lot B, a short shuttle ride from the terminals.
The body was so badly decomposed that investigators could not immediately identify the race or gender.
Potter, a manager at T-Mobile, was reported missing on Jan. 17 with the Lenexa Police Department. The family also contacted the airport’s police department.
According to KCTV, Carolina said she was told by airport police that if her husband’s work vehicle was somewhere in the parking lot, it would be found.
Despite two police departments, and the family hiring a private detective, it took investigators eight months to locate the vehicle and find Potter’s body.
Jan Paul Miller, an attorney representing SP+, said he could not comment specifically on the details of the suit because he has not yet seen a copy.