The murder of Mitrice Richardson remains unsolved but there has always been suspicion that she was raped and murdered by a deputy after being released in the middle of the night from a jail in a secluded area in 2009. Officers working at the facility claimed they released the young woman who according to witnesses at the scene of her arrest said Richardson was showing signs of mental or psychological distress. Officers despite the evidence and explicitly being told by the young woman’s mother not to allow the young woman to leave the facility alone and that she was coming to pick her up, officer’s still allowed the woman to walk into the night. Mitrice Richardson’s body would be found a year later in Malibu Canyon in 2010 and as far as we know, was last seen alive by members of the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station.
Not much has been written about the case lately and Sheriff Lee Baca, who was heavily criticized for the handling of the death investigation by the Richardson family, has since been forced into retirement amid an inmate abuse scandal uncovered at the Los Angeles County Jail. Richardson’s skeletal remains were reportedly mishandled by deputies after being told by the coroners office by phone not to disturb the scene or the remains yet Baca felt confident or obliged to immediately declared foul play was not involved.
Happy Birthday Mitrice.