MD MD - Shannon Potter, 13, Baltimore, 3 March 1984

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  1. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    SHANNON LEE POTTER Missing: Mar 3, 1984 Baltimore, MD

    SHANNON LEE POTTER
    DOB: Jul 20, 1970
    Missing: Mar 3, 1984
    Age at time: 13
    Age Now: 34
    Sex: Female
    Race: White
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Brown
    Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
    Weight: 140 lbs (64 kg)
    Missing From: BALTIMORE, MD, United States
    Non-Family Abduction

    Shannon became missing under suspicious circumstances.

    Baltimore County Police Department (Maryland) - Missing Persons Unit - 1-410-887-3943

    Link
    http://www.missingkids.com/missingk...aseNum=601868&orgPrefix=NCMC&searchLang=en_US
     
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  3. marylandmissing

    marylandmissing New Member

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    I was convinced for the longest time Potter was a Jane Doe in Orange County, Florida. But dentals ruled it out.
     
  4. PonderingThings

    PonderingThings Former member

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    I too was convinced... and to be honest I'm not totally convinced that they got the dentals right. The reason? The NCIC database has a serious flaw - it doesn't recognize dental records all the time!!!

    That flaw was one of the reasons that three states went to another system. For an excellent explanation of why dentals aren't always a good identifier (although they should be):

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/110121_missingdental26.shtml

    Exerpt:
    Washington and California both use the DOS-based Computer Assisted Postmortem Identification Program (CAPMI), while Maryland uses the Windows-based WIN-ID, a program based on the CAPMI system.

    Both CAPMI and WIN-ID possess better search capabilities than the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) dental search program and are used as a parallel dental system to NCIC.

    Makes me wonder what State checked the dentals... and how they were checked
     
  5. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    Shannon Lee Potter
    Missing since March 3, 1984 from Baltimore, Maryland
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: July 20, 1970
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5; 140 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    Dentals: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Potter was last seen in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland on March 3, 1984.

    She lived with her mother in Parkville, and she left home one night through a bedroom window, leaving a note.

    Her family thought she'd go stay with her father or someone else in the family. Foul play is suspected.

    Investigators

    If you have any information concerning Potter's whereabouts, please contact:
    Baltimore County Police Department Unit's Unsolved Case Squad
    410-887-3943

    Email: bcopd@co.ba.md.us

    All information may be submitted anonymously.

    NCMEC #: NCMC601868
    NCIC Number: M-217369344

    Please refer to these numbers when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:

    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network: Case File 356DFMD

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/356dfmd.html
     
  6. meggilyweggily

    meggilyweggily New Member

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  7. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    The following information came from the Charley Project link, provided by Meaghan (previous post):

    (quote) Potter's mother received a letter from her on March 8, five days after she disappeared; it was postmarked Orlando, Florida. No one has heard from Potter since then. Prior to her disappearance she made several long-distance telephone calls to Florida, Colorado and Mississippi. It is unknown if the calls were related to her disappearance, which remains unsolved. Due to the lack of information in Potter's case, it is classified as a non-family abduction. (unquote)

    This would seem to indicate that Florida was her intended destination. It would seem that if she was so quick to write her Mom after leaving home, she would also have continued to keep in touch. The fact that she didn't might indicate that she met with foul play.

    I wonder if any of the Florida Jane Does recently posted on the Doenet website might match with her description.
     
  8. Spazkat9696

    Spazkat9696 Former Member

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    Wasn't there a guy in GA who would get girls to runaway to his house have them write a letter home sayig they were ok and then hold them hostage in a "dungon" untill he killed and dumped them on his farm? Maybe he was close to Fl and had the letter mailed from there to throw the police off. Even if he didn't do it I know there was a guy in ca who did the same even taking one of the women home to visit family but she was to scared to tell them what was going on. I know one of the vic reported him but he had her send her family a letter sying she was in rehab so when she came home the police didn't belive her even though when they did arrest him the car she described was an exact match in every aspect execpt the make was off by 1 year. point being I think a lot more people than we think are held long after their abductions by sicko's. I would hope she is happily ever after somewhere like the girl they found in TX not to long ago and just dosen't want contact with her family.
     
  9. KarlK

    KarlK New Member

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    I'm curious, do you remember how, in those pre-internet days, did the guy get girls who lived hundreds of miles from his location to run away? Pen Pal?

    On a different note, it seems to me that there are chances that this girl may still be alive, but estranged from her family. Of the thousands of kids who run away each year there must be some among those who don't come back that simply don't want to come back.
     
  10. mannip23

    mannip23 New Member

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    I really think she could be the Lake Ponchartrain doe. I know the doe is thought to be 20 but the original estimate when she was found was between 17-20 years old. Shannon would have just turned 16 at the time this doe was found. However if she got implants from whoever she ran off with in Florida, and was pregnant at that age she could be mistaken as being a few years older. Height and weight match, both had near perfect teeth. The scar on the abdomen match and both had fractures of the pelvis bone. This doe not being identified fits with a runaway who left with an older man.
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/p/potter_shannon.html
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/16ufla.html
     

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  11. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    Bumping case up. 28 years ago Shannon went missing.
     
  12. MissSunshine

    MissSunshine New Member

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    It has been way too long....anyone have any new ideas?
     
  13. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    March 3, 1984 was a Saturday. It was a New Moon that night, therefore completely dark. I do not know what the weather was like.

    The fact that she left out a window in the night would mean that she could not see very well except on lighted streets. Perhaps she had arranged for someone to pick her up in a car.
     
  14. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    Shannon Lee Potter, 13, Missing since March 3, 1984 from Baltimore, MD


    Bumping this case up for consideration. There is a photo of Shannon at the time of her disappearance and an "age progression" artist's conception image as well at the link below.

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    Shannon Lee Potter
    Missing since March 3, 1984 from Baltimore, Maryland
    Classification: Non-Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: July 20, 1970
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5; 140 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    Marks, Scars: Scars on her abdomen and near her left eye. Fractured pelvis.
    Clothing: Shannon may have been wearing high khaki boots and a white fur coat.
    Dentals: Available.
    DNA: Available.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Potter was last seen in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland on March 3, 1984.
    She lived with her mother in Parkville, and she left home one night through a bedroom window, leaving a note.

    Her family thought she'd go stay with her father or someone else in the family. Foul play is suspected.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning Potter's whereabouts, please contact:

    Baltimore County Police Department
    Unit's Unsolved Case Squad
    410-887-3943

    Email: bcopd@co.ba.md.us


    All information may be submitted anonymously.

    Agency Case Number: 08E114810

    NCMEC #: NCMC601868

    NCIC Number: M217369344

    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:

    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Baltimore County
    Florida Missing Children Information Clearinghouse
    The Doe Network: Case File 356DFMD

    LINK:


    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/356dfmd.html
     
  15. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    September 2011 News Article...

    Md. girl slipped out bedroom window, never seen again

    Shannon Lee Potter A teenage girl climbed out of her bedroom one evening in 1984. That was the last night she was seen, and more than 25 years later, her disappearance remains a mystery.


    Shannon Lee Potter was 13 when she slipped out the window of her Parkville-area home and went to a party on March 3, 1984. Little else is known about what happened to her that night and why she has been missing ever since, according to Baltimore County police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    "There's very little information about her disappearance," said Melinda Stevens, director of NCMEC's missing-children division.

    Authorities have said her death is considered suspicious and foul play is suspected.

    Stevens said Shannon's mother told investigators that she didn't know what might have happened. Shannon's parents were separated, and her father was living in Mississippi. Shannon had spoken to her father and was making him plans to visit him during the upcoming summer, Stevens said.

    "She seemed happy," Stevens said.

    About a month after Shannon went missing, police received information that she may have been spotted in the Orlando, Fla., area. But that tip was never confirmed, Stevens said.

    Shannon would be 41 years old now.

    She is white and has brown hair and brown eyes. According to NCMEC, she was about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 140 pounds when she went missing.

    Shannon has scars on her stomach and near her left eye, according to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. She was last seen wearing high khaki boots and possibly a white fur coat.

    Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call police at 410-887-3943 or 410-307-2020, Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP (56-2587) or NCMEC at 800-THE-LOST (843-5678).

    Source: Washington Examiner

    LINK:

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/118009


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    Other links about Shannon's case:


    www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/police/homicide/unsolved_mis.


    www.myspace.com/maelstrom5/photos/42370592


    www.charleyproject.org/cases/p/potter_shannon.html


    icaremissingpersonscoldcases.yuku.com/topic/425/Shannon-Lee-Potter-March-1984-Ma...


    missing87975.yuku.com/topic/2325

    www.missingkids.com/precreate/MD.html

    www.geocities.ws/coldcasesquad/
     
  16. Kimster

    Kimster Former Member

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    :rose: Shannon is our featured cold case from 9/2 to 9/9/2012 :rose:
     
  17. wantjustice

    wantjustice Always hoping

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    Shannon looks like a sweet kid. Of course now she'd be an adult. Makes me sick how many kids and people go missing. I can't stand cold cases that never get solved. I am always wanting the answers like everyone else :(. I wonder how someone would get a child to runaway without the internet, like KarlK mentioned. Could the perp have been someone who was in the area for a short time and struck up a friendship than persuaded her to runaway? It's like this sickos have radar for kids who are going through a rough time. Divorce can be hard on kids, so maybe she looked up to this guy as a father-figure. Was she home alone while mom worked? So many questions. Hope there is justice for this precious child!
     
  18. rosesfromangels

    rosesfromangels Wire in the blood

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    She was last seen wearing "high khaki boots and possibly a white fur coat". Sorry to sound rude, but that sounds like something a "working girl" would be wearing, certainly not appropriate for a thirteen year old. She climbed out of her window, went to a party, and then was never seen again. This all sounds like a thirteen year old who was living a lifestyle way beyond the intellectual and emotional capacity of a child that age. She most likely met someone at that party who attacked, and disgarded her. The other thought that comes to mind (based on the description of her clothing), is that she was being pimped out. Do we know if there had been previous abuse in this child's life that would propel her towards accepting that type of "guidance" in her life?
     
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    Sounds like she was lured away by some sicko. Would there be any reason for her to end up in FL? Too many girls that vanished in the 80s time frame...
     
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    typically-a-reader New Member

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    was this information given to the correct authority? :clap:
     
  21. KariKae

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    I hate to sound cynical, but was her mother ruled out? Did the mother have a boyfriend living in the home at the time of the disappearance?
     

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