Shannon Lee Potter

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Left and Center: Shannon, circa 1984;
Right: Age-progression to age 43 (circa 2013)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 3, 1984 from Baltimore, Maryland
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: July 20, 1970
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Shannon has a scar on her abdomen and a small scar above her left eye. She has previously fractured her pelvis and she has had plastic surgery. Her hair was collar-length at the time of her disappearance
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Possibly a white waist-length fur coat and high khaki boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Shannon was last seen in Baltimore, Maryland on March 3, 1984. She resided in the 2300 block of Foster Avenue at the time. She apparently climbed out of her bedroom through a window in the middle of the night and went to attend a party. She has never been heard from again. She left a note behind.

    Shannon's parents were separated at the time of her disappearance and she lived with her mother. Her father lived in Mississippi. Shannon was reportedly looking forward to visiting him there that summer, and she seemed happy. Originally it was believed that Shannon had left of her own accord and gone to stay with her father or another relative, but now she is considered to be missing under suspicious circumstances.

    Shannon'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 Shannon 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 Shannon's case, it is classified as a non-family abduction.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Baltimore County Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Missing Children Center Inc.
    The Doe Network
    Baltimore County Police Department
    The Washington Examiner
    The Fort Myers News-Press
    The Tallahassee Democrat


    Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 30, 2017; picture added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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