Skeletal remains found in a Malibu ravine have been positively identified as those of Mitrice Richardson, the now-25-year-old lesbian Los Angeles woman who disappeared ten months ago, reports the Los Angeles Times. The former beauty queen vanished after she was released from a Malibu sheriff's station and her remains were discovered less than two miles away.
The skull and bones were discovered Monday by park rangers. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said the cause of death is under further investigation but there was nothing "obvious" to "indicate foul play." "Winter said an anthropologist and dental expert examined the remains and they had been in the mountains six months to a year," adds KCBS. "Winter said it's unclear if the cause of Richardson's death will ever be determined."
On September 17 2009, the California State-Fullerton graduate was arrested for not paying her $89 tab at a Malibu-area restaurant. At 12:30am, she was released from a Los Angeles County Sheriff's station without her purse, cellphone or automobile, which was impounded. It was later revealed that Richardson was troubled and bi-polar.
The identification ends a nearly yearlong search for the Los Angeles woman that spanned from the Malibu mountains to Las Vegas, where authorities recently said people reported spotting Richardson in various casinos.
Nothing "obvious" to "indicate foul play" ... besides the authorities extreme indifference to a young woman "obviously" in distress. Earlier last month, Richardson's mother filed a negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against Los Angeles County and Sheriff's Department officials. And now, some members of Los Angeles' Black community are demanding a criminal investigation into the Sheriff's Department's conduct.
A young life lost over $89. Watch KABC's report WHEN YOU JUMP ...