Shannon Lee Potter

Left and Center: Shannon circa, 1984

Right: Age Progressed to age 48

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: March 3, 1984

Missing From: Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: July 20, 1970

Age: 13 years old

Height and Weight: 5’5″ and 140 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Shannon has a small scar above her left eye and a scar on her abdomen, she has previously fractured her pelvis and has undergone plastic surgery, her hair was said to be collar length at the time of her 1984 disappearance

Clothing/Jewelry Description: Unknown; possibly a white waist-length fur coat and a pair of high khaki boots

NCMEC Number: 601868

Details of Disappearance

Shannon was last seen in Baltimore, Maryland on March 3rd 1984. She lived with her mother in the 2300 block of Foster Avenue in 1984 and she apparently left her residence through her bedroom window during the middle of the night and went to attend a party. She hasn’t been seen since. She apparently left a note behind for her mother.

She was reported missing afterwards. Investigators originally theorized that Shannon had left on her own accord and was staying with her father or another relative. On March 8th 1984, Shannon’s mother received a letter from her and it was postmarked Orlando, Florida. Police received information about a month after her disappearance that she may have been seen in Orlando. She hasn’t been heard from since.

Shannon was considered a runaway for some years until authorities began visiting other possibilities in the case. Shannon made no indications of wanting to run away from her home. Her parents were separated at the time and her father lived in Mississippi. He told police that he and Shannon had been planning for her to visit him over the summer and she was excited for this. She seemed to be in good spirits at the time.

Before she went missing, Shannon made several long distance phone calls to Florida, Colorado, and Mississippi but it’s unclear if these calls are somehow linked to her disappearance. Due to the lack of details regarding Shannon’s disappearance, her case is classified as a non family abduction. Authorities have publicly stated that they now suspect foul play was involved in her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Baltimore County Police Department 410-887-3943

Source Information

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Baltimore County Government

The Charley Project

The Doe Network


News Press 05/03/1989

Washington Examiner