Above: David Potts in 2006
David Douglas Potts II
Last seen in Florissant, Missouri on on October 29, 2006
Vital statistics: White male. Born on October 22, 1985. Brown hair, hazel eyes. He has a muscular build. He has a dog bite scar on his nose, a tattoo of a Confederate flag with the words "rise again" on the back of his neck, a tattoo of Chinese symbols that say "drink" on his left forearm, and a tattoo of skull and crossbones with green eyes on the small of his back. He may shave his head. He is missing his wisdom teeth, caps on his front teeth, and has previously broken his left femur and collarbone. He wears wire-framed glasses, but did not have them when he vanished. Last seen wearing a t-shirt, new jeans, black Carhartt hooded jacket with a torn pocket, a silver watch, a silver band on pinky finger, new Vans athletic shoes, and was carrying his wallet with ID and cards. Was twenty-one at the time.
Circumstances: Potts was being pursued by the St. Ann police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol when he crashed his car on the Blanchette Bridge westbound on Interstate 70 in Florissant, Missouri at 2:30 a.m. on October 29, 2006. The police were chasing him because they had noticed his car weaving and suspected he was drunk. Following the accident, Potts exited his vehicle and jumped over the bridge rail onto the catwalk below. He disappeared afterwards and has never been heard from again, his bank accounts have not been used, and he has not picked up any of his checks. An search of the river turned up no indication of Potts's whereabouts.
Theories: Most everyone that knows David, believes that he is still alive and has chosen to start his life over. That is everyone, except the police, and they believe that he went into the water and never came out. David actually had a conversation with his mother two days before he disappeared. He had stated that he was exhausted with the life that he was living and wanting to try to change it. He promised his family that he would never go to jail again, he would do whatever it took to avoid it. David didn't really understand that the police problems that he had, were minor. Yes, he may have seen some "Shock Time", and probably probation. This is what his family knows.
If you have any information on Potts' wherebouts, please e-mail For The Lost at this address. Or you may contact the St Louis County Police, Detective Jessica Wilken at 314-889-2341. All tips sent by e-mail will be kept confidential.
Information used to compile this case file comes from the following resources:
The National Center for Missing Adults
The Doe Network
The Charley Project
Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Unit
NamUs National Missing Persons Data System
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