Hannah Potts Bio – Wiki
Hannah Potts is an Indiana woman who went missing on July 24, generating national attention. Her family is now accusing of faking her own abduction.
The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office announced July 26 on Facebook that Potts, a county resident, was found “in no distress.” She was last seen around 2 a.m. near her home on Friday morning, according to the Courier & Press.
Potts is 23 years old.
Hannah Potts Disappearance
News of Potts’ disappearance assumed viral visibility last week, sparking involvement from the FBI, Eyewitness News reported.
Potts’ sister Brittany Schoneman, who initially reported on social media that her sister was kidnapped, is now accusing Potts of fabricating the incident for attention following her discovery.
Schoneman expressed on Facebook that her family is “extremely embarrassed and hurt” by Potts’ actions.
“I publicly disown nor want nothing to do with my sister going forward. She is dead to me. I hope she is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” she wrote on July 26.
Sheriff Timothy Bottoms confirmed with Heavy that Potts “left on her own free will.”
“She was located, she is fine,” he wrote in a July 27 statement to Heavy. “She left on her own free will.”
The office did not indicate whether Potts is being investigated for a potential crime.
Here’s everything you need to know about Hannah Potts’ disappearance:
Potts’ family members created a flyer to report her disappearance. The notice claimed that she was last seen “around her home” in Princeton, Indiana.
The 23-year-old, who stands at 6’1″ with brown hair and eyes, did not make it to work on the morning of the 25th, according to the flyer and her sister’s Facebook. Potts was sporting a gray shirt and sweatpants at the time of her disappearance.
The flyer, which quickly circulated online, encouraged anyone with information to contact the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office or the family.
The sheriff’s office confirmed on Facebook that Potts’ was missing, sharing a now-private message from Hannah Potts’ twin sister, Lauren Potts, according to Eyewitness News.
On July 25, Schonaman wrote on social media that Potts “posted a very disturbing 6-minute video describing being kidnapped here on Facebook, before her phone went off.”
BREAKING: The FBI in Indianapolis confirms federal agents from Evansville have offered the Gibson County Sheriff's Office with assistance and resources if needed in the search for missing 23-year-old Hannah Potts.
— Noah Alatza (@noahalatza) July 25, 2020
“I’m absolutely sick and worried about her, and pray for her safe return,” she stated. “If you happen to spot her or know of any potential whereabouts, please DO NOT hesitate to contact me, my family, or the local Sheriffs’ office.”
True Crime Society posted an apparently leaked recording of the video.
In the roughly six-minute audio clip, a person believed to be Potts claims she was kidnapped by a Black man in a “maroon car:”
Mom are you there? Hello? Mom if you can hear me please say something. I really need to hear your voice. Somethings happened. I was out taking those pictures of the animals and this guy came out of nowhere. it was the same guy I saw yesterday morning in the maroon car. He grabbed me, he pushed me into the trunk. Oh god. Where is he gonna take me? Mom please. Think Hannah, think. He um… He’s black, he’s about um, Jerry’s height, Jerry I work with. He’s, he’s.. He um… his voice is deep and kind of the way he called me ‘baby girl’ sent shivers down my spine, I don’t like it. Please mom, if you’re there can you please say something to me? I’m in a room… there’s a little light, four room, four walls… and uh I don’t think they know I have the phone so you gotta tell, you gotta tell the cops everything that, you gotta show them this video so maybe they can find me and um I don’t know where he uh, where did he say, he said something about Ohio.
She then goes on to tell her mother that she loves her and her father.
Schonaman took to Facebook on July 26 to publicly accuse her sister of faking the kidnapping for attention. She claimed Potts lied about “everything” and planned the hoax for “awhile” — adding that it was “for a novel she is writing.”
She indicated Potts is refusing to contact her family:
We do not know where she is currently staying. She refused to let us know, and police by law can’t tell us due to her being an adult. She also wants no contact with any of her family, but to let us know she was safe. So nice of her, right.
In another post, Schonaman apologized on behalf of her sister for falsely accusing a person of color.
“I pray no black man with a maroon-colored car was targeted due to her blatant lie,” she wrote.
Police have not provided additional details surrounding how Potts’ was found.