The parents of Mitrice Richardson have reached a tentative $900,000 settlement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, according to the Los Angeles Times. Richardson's partial skeletal remains were discovered in August 2010 in a Malibu ravine nearly one year after she vanished upon release from jail.
Richardson was a lesbian and would have turned 25 in April 2010. Friends and family suspect that she met with foul play.
[Richardson's] parents have been sharply critical of the sheriff's department's handling of their daughter’s case, starting with her release from custody around midnight without car, purse or cellphone. Richardson went missing after her release. In February, for example, months after her body was recovered, authorities found eight more bones in the area. That discovery came just a few months after Richardson’s mother said she found a finger bone while at the site memorializing her daughter.
The grim discoveries followed public criticism of the sheriff's department from a prominent coroner’s official who told The Times that deputies had removed Richardson’s remains from the canyon without his permission, possibly violating the law and undermining the thoroughness of the coroner's inquiry. ...
Richardson's remains were exhumed last winter and sent to FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia for examination. The results have not been released to the public.
The settlement will cover two separate negligence lawsuits filed against the Sheriff's Department by Richardson's mother and father. The agreement must be approved by the LA County Board of Supervisors.
The Sheriff's Department has faced mounting criticism ever since Richardson's September 17, 2009 disappearance after being released at 1230AM. The California State-Fullerton student had been arrested for not paying her $89 tab at a Malibu-area restaurant. Richardson's grandmother offered to pay the bill by credit card over the phone, but the restaurant refused. It was later revealed that the former beauty queen was troubled and bi-polar.
A life lost over $89. SMDH.
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