The mother of Mitrice Richardson, whose partial skeletal remains were discovered in a Malibu ravine nearly a year after she disappeared, wants her daughter's body exhumed. Friends and family suspect Richardson, who was a lesbian and would have turned 25 in April, met with foul play.
Latice Richardson also has asked the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to search the area for more remains ... and is calling on the FBI to investigate how deputies handled her daughter's case, reports NBC Los Angeles.
The Sheriff’s department publicly admitted that it had moved the 24-year-old’s remains before receiving permission in an effort to prevent wild animals from destroying the evidence. Forensic anthropologist [Clea Koff] also asserted the Los Angeles Coroner’s office did not do a thorough examination of the remains. Koff recommended that the coroner compare Richardson’s hair with hair found near her remains.
Richardson’s body was found naked in August, her unzipped jeans and bra were found several hundred feet away. The forensic expert contends the clothes were never sent to a crime lab for testing and that the FBI should conduct a test. Additionally, the anthropologist claims officials did not pick up all of Richardson’s remains, "when Mitrice’s body was picked up…they did not pick up all her body." In fact, Richardson’s family found a finger bone in early November during a memorial service at the site where the remains were found, said Koff. Sheriff Lee Baca has agreed to meet with Sutton on December 29. The sheriff’s department has to request the FBI’s involvement.
Sheriff Lee Baca is not opposed to exhuming the body, a spokesman tells the Los Angeles Times. "The coroner's office, which called the cause of death 'undetermined,' has already agreed to return to the area with a special skeletal remains search team, according to Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter."
In September 2009, the California State-Fullerton student was arrested for not paying her $89 tab at a Malibu-area restaurant. Richardson later vanished after she was released at 1230AM from a Malibu sheriff's station without car, purse or mobile. It was later revealed that Richardson was troubled and bi-polar. The incident has triggered public outrage and launched two negligence lawsuits.
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