TX SHAWTYERIA WAITES: Missing from Houston, TX - 27 July 2021 - Age 20 *Found Deceased*

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HPD: 20-year-old woman last seen in southwest Houston reported missing​

A 20-year-old woman has been reported missing after she was last seen in the southwest Houston area last month.

Shawtyeria Waites was last seen on July 27 at about 10 p.m. when her friends said they dropped her off at an apartment complex in the 8900 block of Chimney Rock Road near N. Braeswood Boulevard.


Search underway for SW Houston woman who went missing before birthday celebration​

Houston Police, family and friends are calling on the community to help locate a 20-year-old southwest Houston woman who went missing almost two weeks ago to

Shawtyeria Waites, was last seen July 27, according to Houston Police. She is 5’9” and weighs about 130 pounds, according to Houston Police. She was last seen wearing a pink dress with pink sandals.

She had plans to celebrate her birthday with friends, who dropped her off at an apartment complex 8900 Chimney Rock before heading to the store.


MEDIA - SHAWTYERIA WAITES: Missing from Houston, TX since 27 July 2021 - Age 20
 
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Activist Quanell X calls out mayor, police chief in search efforts for missing Black woman​

Community activist Quanell X is asking the public's help in the search for a missing woman who was last seen nearly two weeks ago on the night of her birthday in southwest Houston.

Shawtyeria Waites disappeared from the 8900 block of Chimney Rock Road near Braeswood on July 27. According to Quanell, Waites was with two other young girls that night.

Those two women shared details of that night with Quanell.

They said they had all met a man while at the club earlier that night. That man then invited them to an apartment complex after the club, Quanell said.

Witnesses told Quanell they remember seeing Waites enter the apartment complex, but have no recollection of what door she knocked on. Meanwhile the other two women had gone to a store down the street.

"This is not to disparage anyone, but the young girls had been dancing at a nightclub, and they thought that they might want to come here and make a few extra dollars," Quanell said during a press conference Sunday afternoon. "[The man] had large sums of money on him and was spending large sums of money at the strip club."

The two women said that when they came back from the store, they called Waites' phone but there was no answer. Shortly after, her phone was cut off completely, Quanell said.

"This beautiful young Black sister goes into this apartment complex and completely disappears off the human radar screen," he said. "We believe this sister was met with foul play. We believe the man they met at the club never was a friendly man, never had friendly intentions. We believe that this was a trap to lure and kidnap these girls."

Quanell also said that after some investigating, they found the apartment Waites was believed to have visited is a vacant unit and no one lived there.

"Not knowing where she is has been trying on our family," said Waites' great-uncle, Leonard, who was also present at the briefing.

Quanell urged the public for help, and called out officials such as Mayor Sylvester Turner and Police Chief Troy Finner for their lack of response to the case.

"We have a Black mayor and a Black police chief," he said. "If these were three white girls that came to this apartment complex, they would be swarming this place trying to get answers, but no one really cares when it's a brown or Black girl involved."

According to him, the other two women involved said that detectives have had very little conversations with them.

"[Detectives] are not really pushing this case. It's not a priority to them," Quanell said.
 

Have you seen Shawtyeria? Family frantic to find woman who went missing while celebrating her 20th birthday​

The family, joined by Quanell X, held a press conference Sunday to discuss Waites’ disappearance.

Quanell X said the woman met a man at a club and that the man invited them to the apartment complex in southwest Houston.

Friends told Waites’ family that they dropped Waites off at the apartment complex before going to a nearby store to buy makeup. When they returned to the complex, they could not find Waites.

Quanell X said he believes Waites was met with foul play and that the man they met at the club never had any friendly intentions.

“This is not to disparage anyone, but the young girls had been dancing at a nightclub, and they thought that they might want to come here and make a few extra dollars. It was a trick and a setup. The came and only one went in,” Quanell X said.

The friends called Waites’ cell phone multiple times. At some point, the calls began going directly to voicemail.

Quanell X said the apartment Waites believed to have visited was vacant and no one lived there.

The community activist is calling on the mayor and HPD police chief to make the case a top priority.
 
HOUSTON — A search is scheduled Friday afternoon for 20-year-old Shawtyeria Waites who’s been missing for more than two weeks.

Community activist Quannell X is asking volunteers to meet at The Village of Meyerland apartments on North Braeswood at 3:15 p.m. to help with the search.

Friends say they dropped Waites off at another southwest Houston apartment complex in the 8900 block of Chimney Rock around 10 p.m. on July 27 and she hasn’t been seen since.

He said the women were invited there by a man they met at a strip club but only Waites went inside. Now they're worried that the man kidnapped Waites.
"It was never a plan to continue a party. We believe it was a plan to kidnap these young girls and only one went in and one has never been seen again," Quanell X said at a news conference last week. “He was spending large sums of money in the strip club and he was luring them with the money.”

More at link ----> Search scheduled today for Shawtyeria Waites, 20-year-old Houston woman missing since late July
 

Houston man charged with murder after missing woman's body found in Brookshire, police say​

A man has been charged with murder after the body of a woman missing since late July has been found.

Houston police say that on Aug. 13, evidence of foul play was found regarding Waites' disappearance. Witness statements and additional evidence determined Waites was dropped off at the Chimney Rock Road location to meet a man, later identified as Jordan Potts, 26.

Police say they determined Waites was killed inside Potts' apartment and later her body was moved in the trunk of his vehicle.

On Friday, HPD homicide detectives, with assistance from the FBI, located human remains in Brookshire. While formal identification is pending, physical evidence indicated the remains are those of Waites.

Potts has been charged with murder. Police say he's on the run and he's dangerous.
 

WANTED: Man charged with murder, accused of killing Houston woman who went missing while celebrating her birthday​

An arrest warrant was issued for a man charged with murder in connection with the death of a Houston woman reported missing in late July, Houston police said.

Jordan Potts, 26, is accused in the death of Shawtyeria Waites, 21. Police are actively searching for Potts, whose whereabouts remain unknown.


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Houston homicide suspect arrested in Gresham​

A man suspected of killing a 21-year-old woman in Texas was arrested Thursday in Gresham, police said.

Gresham police found Jordan Potts, 26, at an apartment complex after getting word from Houston police detectives that he might have been hiding in the area. Gresham SWAT officers arrested Potts without incident.

Potts is suspected of killing Shawtyeria Waites, a Prairie View A&M University student from New Mexico. A friend last saw her walking into Potts’ southwest Houston apartment complex on her birthday, July 25, according to Houston police.


Potts, who is originally from Oregon, lived in East Portland as recently as November 2016, court records show.

He’s being held without bail in the Multnomah County Detention Center.
 

Texas man accused of killing woman he met on dating app in custody​

A man wanted for the murder of a 21-year-old woman has been caught and appeared in a Harris County courtroom Wednesday morning after being extradited from Oregon, according to KTRK-TV.

The Houston Police Department identified the suspect as Jordon Potts, 26, who is charged for the murder of Shawtyeria Waites, 21.


On August 27th, HPD homicide detectives, with assistance from the FBI, found human remains in Brookshire, Texas. Police have indicated the remains are those of Waites.

He is back in Texas jailed on a $1 million bond.


$1 million bond set for Houston man accused of killing woman he met on dating app​

A man charged with murder in the death of a woman last seen at his southwest Houston apartment has had his bond set at $1 million.

Jordan Potts, 26, appeared in probable cause court in Harris County Wednesday morning after being extradited from Oregon.


Last month, human remains believed to be those of Waites were found in Brookshire. According to police, the remains were confirmed as hers.

It's unknown when Potts is expected back in court.
 

Shawtyeria Waites case: Gas can, shovel, blood found in suspect's car, court records reveal​

Newly-released court documents shed light on the last horrific moments of Waites' life and how investigators built a case against Potts.

July 25: Newly-released court documents reveal police went to Potts' apartment that night after a neighbor called 911 at 8:30 p.m. to report hearing loud noises and a woman screaming. The neighbor said it sounded like she was "trying to get out of the door."

Two HPD officers arrived around 9:48 p.m. and questioned Potts but he claimed the noises were just a video game so they left.

The friend who'd been waiting for Waites in the parking lot saw the officers and told them she couldn't find Waites and her calls were going straight to voicemail. They left without investigating further.


Aug.13:
The neighbor who reported hearing a woman screaming on July 25 was interviewed again. He told investigators that he knocked on the door of Potts' apartment after hearing the screams but no one answered. After he called 911, he noticed Potts had backed his car into his assigned parking spot and the trunk was open. He said Potts drove out of the complex for a few minutes but returned before police arrived.

Aug.19: Investigators got a search warrant and said they found a shovel, gas can and blood in the trunk of Potts' car, along with evidence a body had been placed into the trunk.

Aug. 23: Detectives got another search warrant for Potts' phone records, which were turned over to the FBI for analysis.

Aug. 27: The FBI agent reported the phone traveled west on the Katy Freeway from 3:09 a.m. to 3:38 a.m. on July 26. It stopped in the 38400 block of the Katy Freeway in Brookshire.

Investigators drove to the location and found human remains along the westbound service road. They recovered evidence that matched Waites' description, including the pink dress she was last seen wearing. An autopsy later confirmed it was her.
 

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