Details of Disappearance Potts was last seen at a home in Greenville California, on the evening of November 4, 2018. He has never been heard from again. His green pickup truck was found abandoned at the end of 1st Avenue near the shore of Lake Almanor in Chester, with his cellular phone and wallet inside it. Witnesses first saw the truck there on November 6 but didn't actually report it to the police until November 8. A photo of it is posted with this case summary.
On November 8, four days after Potts was last seen, his great-grandmother, 86-year-old Greta Jayne Putnam, was murdered inside her home in Oroville, California. She had been stabbed to death. Because of the timing, there was speculation that Potts's disappearance was connected in some way to Putnam's murder, or even that he was a suspect in her death. Authorities have since ruled out any connection.
A fingerprint found at the crime scene was matched to Brian Scott Madding, and in December 2019, just as the jury was being selected for his trial, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Madding stated he broke into Putnam's home to burglarize it as she slept, and killed her after she stirred in her bed.
At the time of his disappearance, Potts worked at Dig It Construction in Chester. He is the oldest of five siblings. Prior to his disappearance, Potts had said there were people after him, but he didn't say who. His case remains unsolved.
- Plumas County Sheriff's Office
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated August 13, 2020; casefile added.