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Missing Man: Timothy Potter - MO - 01/19/2007

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The Rolla Daily News - News

40 year-old Rolla man still missing

by Laura Ginsberg - Staff Writer

Published: Friday, February 2, 2007 8:29 AM CST

A worried family is reaching out to the Rolla community for help in finding a local man that has been missing for more than two weeks.

Timothy Potter, 40, of Rolla, has been missing since Jan. 19, when he was last scene at roughly 2 a.m. at the Huffman Trailer Park in Rolla. Currently, the Rolla Police Department has no substantial clues pointing to his whereabouts.

“We have no idea where he might have gone or what happened,†Rolla Police Department Detective Ken Nakanishi, Division of Criminal Investigations, said. “We will exhaust all of our leads that we have. We hope that someone can provide us with some fruitful information.â€Â

Potter is described as a 5 foot 7 inch white male weighing 150 pounds. He has wavy, auburn hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue shirt, blue jeans and white and blue tennis shoes. Mary describes Potter as, “A very neat, very fastidious dresser,†adding that his clothes were always perfectly matched. He usually wears a silver watch and a gold ring that reads, “Daddy.â€Â

Potter has five tattoos: Fievel Mousekewitz (from the animated film An American Tail) on his left chest, Garfield the cat on his right chest, a tattoo reading “Daddy’s Pride†with the names of his son and daughter, Jamie and Charlie, on his left arm, Plucky Duck on his right calf and a naked woman with a panther on his back, right shoulder.

Anyone with information regarding Potter’s disappearance should contact the Rolla Police Department at 573-364-2468, or call the confidential tip hotline at 573-364-0111.

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Family of missing person Timothy Potter offers $1,000 reward for information.

March 5, 2007

The family of missing person Timothy Potter is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Timothy Potter’s safe return.

Mr. Potter was first reported missing Jan. 21, 2007 by his mother, Mary Potter, age 66 of Bentonville, Arkansas. The last contact she had with her son was a telephone conversation on Feb. 18, 2007.

Since the time of the report, uniformed officers and detectives from the Rolla Police Department have been investigating Timothy’s disappearance. Suspicious circumstances surrounding his disappearance have been determined and the Division of Criminal Investigation will continue to follow-up on leads as they come in.

Anyone with information regarding Timothy Potter’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Rolla Police Department at (573) 364-1213 or the Rolla Police Department confidential tip hotline at (573) 364-0111.

Timothy Potter was last seen in Huffman Trailer Park in Rolla at approximately 2 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2007. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue shirt, blue jeans, and white and blue tennis shoes. Timothy is further described as a white adult male who is 5-foot, seven-inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has wavy red/auburn hair, and brown eyes.

Information regarding Timothy Potter is also posted on the National Center for Missing Adults website at National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) and the City of Rolla website homepage at City of Rolla, Missouri Official Website - Home.

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Family increases reward to $5,000

The family of Timothy Potter, a 40-year-old Rolla man who has been missing since January, is offering $5,000 for information leading to his whereabouts.

"The police have absolutely no leads,"Â said Potter's sister, Wanda Rice, who is offering the reward. "I just want to put this to rest. If he's alive, bring him home."

Potter was last seen about 2 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Huffman Trailer Park in Rolla. After more than two months, the Rolla Police Department still has not uncovered any leads pertaining to Potter's disappearance.

"We're just frustrated,"Â Rolla Police Department Detective Ken Nakanishi, Division of Criminal Investigations, said. "There is no new information."

Rice said Potter's family is not willing to give up the search, adding that her brother is the first thing that comes to mind when she wakes in the morning and her last thought at night.

"None of us are giving up, not at all,"Â Rice said. "Until we find him, we won't stop."

Potter is described as a 5-foot-7-inch tall white male weighing 150 pounds. He has wavy, auburn hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue shirt, blue jeans, and white and blue tennis shoes. Potter often wears a silver watch and gold ring that says "Daddy."

Potter has five tattoos: Fievel Mousekewitz (from the animated film "An American Tail"Â) on his left chest, Garfield the cat on his right chest, a tattoo reading "Daddy's Pride"Â with the names of his son and daughter, Jamie and Charlie, on his left arm, Plucky Duck on his right calf and a naked woman with a panther on his back, right shoulder.

Anyone with information regarding Potter's disappearance should contact the Rolla Police Department at (573)-364-1213, or call the confidential tip hotline at (573)-364-0111

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Car may lead to clues about missing man

July 6, 2007

The family of Timothy Potter is hoping the 1985 Cadillac DeVille he was driving before he disappeared in January may lead to clues to his whereabouts.

Potter, 40, was last seen about 2 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Huffman Trailer Park in Rolla. After nearly six months, the Rolla Police Department has exhausted every lead, and still has no indication about where Potter may have gone, or whether he was harmed.

The vehicle, which Potter was using before his disappearance, was not registered to him, and RPD Detective Ken Nakanishi declined to provide the name of the car's owner.

When Potter disappeared, the car was still parked at the trailer park, but shortly after, the vehicle also went missing. Nakanishi said the Department had the opportunity to investigate the vehicle for clues before it was taken.

Potter's trail has gone cold, and the RPD is turning its report on the case over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's database of missing persons. However, his family is still holding out hope, and is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to Potters whereabouts.

"None of us are giving up hope," Potterâ's sister, Wanda Rice, said. "Until we find him, we won't stop."

Potter is described as a 5-foot-7-inch tall white male weighing 150 pounds. He has wavy, auburn hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue shirt, blue jeans, and white and blue tennis shoes. Potter often wears a silver watch and gold ring that says “Daddy.â€Â

Potter has five tattoos: Fievel Mousekewitz (from the animated film "An American Tail") on his left chest, Garfield the cat on his right chest, a tattoo reading "Daddy's Pride"with the names of his son and daughter, Jamie and Charlie, on his left arm, Plucky Duck on his right calf and a naked woman with a panther on his back, right shoulder.

Anyone with information regarding Potter's disappearance should contact the Rolla Police Department at (573)-364-1213, or call the confidential tip hotline at (573)-364-0111.

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Remembering Missouri's missing persons

Families and law enforcement gathering at the capitol to honor the missing

June 17, 2008

Tuesday afternoon was the first time ever Missourians gathered at the capitol to remember Missouri's missing persons. In our nation approximately one to two people go missing a day.

Amber alerts help find our missing children, but what happens when an adult goes missing?

"Today is for Jasmine Haslag, it is for Angie Yarnell, it is for Sandra Spoon and Timothy Potter and it is for every other 1400 missing in Missouri," spoke Peggy Florence, mother of Jasmine Haslag and co-founder of Missouri Missing, an organization founded by family members of missing persons.

As of June 1, the National Crime Information Center lists more than a thousand missing persons and at least 48 unidentified bodies in Missouri alone.

Marianne Asher Chapman's daughter, Michelle 'Angie' Yarnell has been missing for five years out of Morgan County.

"She was married, her husband didn't tell me for eight days. In June 2005. I was on the Montel Williams show about my daughter and on that day he skipped town," stated Asher-Chapman, who is co-founder of Missouri Missing.

Continuing to look for her daughter Asher-Chapman wants new laws to help the missing, "If we get enough awareness, I'd like to see some legislation changed."

With more than 100,000 active missing persons cases in the United States, the question lies to why Amber Alerts are for only those 18 and under.

"There should be a alert system nationwide for missing adults. However, as bad as it sounds, when an adult goes missing we don't think of it as a child," stated Lawrence J. Moran, a criminal profiler from originally from Los Angeles and now based out of St. Louis.

Unlike a child, adults have consent to leave. Moran knows some adults don't want to be found.

"We look at what's called victimology. We look into their life; we try to pick it apart as much as we can psychologically. Somebody wants to be missing, they don't want to be found, maybe they owe the government money, drugs or whatever the reason is," said Moran.

Whatever the reason, Asher-Chapman hasn't given up hope.

"I have hope that she will be found. However I don't think she will be alive, I really need my daughter its really hard to live without my daughter," quoted Asher-Chapman quietly.

Asher-Chapman also stated that feels productive with Missouri Missing. She feels she is the voice for her daughter.

If you have information about a missing person please contact your local law enforcement.

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Vigil planned for missing man

Mon Jan 19, 2009, 12:54 AM CST

Rolla, Mo. - A candlelight vigil will be held at 5 p.m., Sunday, at Lions Club Park for Tim Potter, 42, a Rolla resident who's been missing for two years.  The vigil is sponsored by members of Potter's family with the help of Missouri Missing, an organization dedicated to "providing a voice for the missing who can no longer speak for themselves."

More than 1,400 people are missing in Missouri, according to Missouri Missing statistics.

"Tim's been missing for two years on the 18th,"Â explained Wanda (last name withheld), who is Potter's sister. "I'll be making a wish that he's brought home.

"We'd love to see a large crowd at the vigil."

Wanda is planning to speak at the function, to honor her brother and other missing Missourians.

Other Potter family members and friends also will be at the candlelight vigil.

Refreshments are planned: Coffee, hot cocoa and cookies.

Candles will be provided to adults, and LEDs will be available for children.

Wanda said she will never give up looking for clues associated with her brother's disappearance.

"If the police don't find out where he is, I'll find out,"Â she said.

Thursday found Wanda on her computer, running searches on "remains found."

She got a hit on a case in Greene County. Apparently, the remains were old, so Wanda planned to call the Sheriff's Department and inquire about the specifics.

"Itâ's so pathetic," Wanda said, "but it's got to be done."

Potter was last seen at various locations near his home at Huffman Trailer Park on Highway 72 in Rolla. Various witnesses claimed to have seen him at the Phillips 66 gas station at the intersection of highways 72 and O and the Dollar General Store (now closed) on Highway 72.

Potter was wearing blue jeans, a blue button-up shirt, black jacket and blue-and white-striped tennis shoes.  He may have been wearing a gold ring upon which “Dad†was written.

Both Potter's car, a dark blue Cadillac, and the car's title and keys still are missing.

The Rolla Police Department is leading the Potter missing person investigation, and Detective Sgt. Ken Nakanishi said Friday the case still is still.

"There's some evidence we're processing in the laboratory right now," Nakanishi said, but he was hesitant to reveal of what the evidence consisted.

Nakanishi suspects something happened to Potter.

"By now he would've made contact with Wanda if he had just walked away,"Â Nakanishi said.

Wanda, too, believes Potter was a victim of foul play, having been associated with the drug culture.

However, the fact that he had some shady friends does not diminish the sense of loss she feels.

Neither does the fact that he's been missing for two years, she said.

She's convinced that someone who knows Tim Potter also knows what happened to him two years ago.

Wanda stays in contact with the RPD to check whether new leads have developed. She frequently contacts her brother's friends, hoping someone remembers any small detail that wasn't remembered when Potter was first listed as missing.

Will there ever come a time when she'll give up the search and come to grips with a less-than-satisfactory outcome?

"I'll be looking for him until the day I die."

Any information regarding Tim Potter should be forwarded to the Rolla Police Department at 364-1213, or at the RPD Anonymous Tip Line at 364-0111.

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