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A joint news conference was held today in Las Vegas, Nevada with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, asking for the public’s help in locating Mitrice Richardson.

Between September, 2009 and January 2010, the LAPD and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) have worked together in attempting to locate Mitrice, including using search and rescue efforts in the Malibu and Calabasas area.

LAPD and LASD investigators have conducted numerous interviews of close friends, family members, co-workers and other witnesses in attempts to located Mitrice.  Investigators continue to follow-up on numerous clues and sightings. 

Detectives have received reports that Mitrice has been seen in Las Vegas, Nevada as recently as June, 2010.  LAPD and LASD investigators have been in Las Vegas, Nevada since the sightings to concentrate their efforts to locate Mitrice. 

Mitrice is not the subject of a criminal investigation, and is not subject to arrest.  Investigators wish to make contact with Mitrice and ensure her safety and well-being.  Mitrice’s family is very concerned about her welfare.

The Las Vegas contact number for anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of Mitrice Richardson is asked to call 702-750-4338.

For Additional information from LASD please contact Steve Whitmor at 323-267-4805

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Detectives and family members are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing person.

Miltrice Richardson was last seen on September 17th, 2009, at approximately 1:25 .a.m., leaving the 27000 block of Agoura Road in Malibu (Lost Hills area) with no known destination.  Her last contact with family members was on September 16, 2009, at her home in the Southeast Area of Los Angeles.  Richardson is a graduate of California State University Fullerton.   

Miltrice Richardson is described as a 24-year-old female African American with brown hair and hazel eyes.  She is five feet five to five feet six inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds.  She was last seen wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans.

Richardson’s family is very concerned about her welfare and wants her to return home safely.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Miltrice Richardson is asked to call the LAPD Missing Persons Unit, Detective Kristin Merrill at 213-485-5381.  After-hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text “crimes” with a cell phone or log on to and click on web tips.  When using a cell phone all messages should begin with “LAPD.”  Tipsters may remain anonymous.


Kudos to the LAPD for using a blog to help spread the word about missing persons and keeping the Los Angeles public aware of all that you guys are involved in.

Keep up the good work guys, I know it's rare that someone actually appreciates the work you do and publicly thanks you.

Helinet Aviation
Los Angeles, CA

On this case I have too disagree. Why waste money and resources. Ms Richardson stole food, had drugs and is a disgrace to her family. Ms. Richardson did the right thing by disappearing to avoid her family more embarrassment.

My question is "Why was her car impounded? On what legal authority? Was it to be investigated by detecives for additional evidence? No. The LASD wans to put money bin the pocket of the tow yards and charge vehicle release fees. As a result, when she was released at 3AM, she had no way to get anywhere but walk as her car would be kept in impound until 7AM and when she paid all the fees she was charged.
Try getting a hearing on the fees. If you delay they increase daily until the vehicle is sold at lien sale after 30 days. You'll never get a hearing. With such a policy, it's only a question of when a woman left out on her own gets (_____) what if it was your daughter? Where were the Deputies to protect her?

Mr. Boyer, if you're asking questions, I take it you don't know the facts. Where was she stopped initially? If it was on a canyon road in Malibu, or somewhere where it was not legal to park a vehicle, the deputies impounded her vehicle as authorized by Vehicle Code Section 22651(h). They couldn't leave it and possibly cause a hazard to traffic. There could have been other legal reasons to impound her car due to license issues, etc. You don't know, and we don't know, so don't assume to know why the deputies had to impound the vehicle. Whenever she was released, she could have gone to the impound yard and gotten her car. Police impounds are open 24/7 and they accept cash or credit cards. As far as hearings on the fees, there are protocols in place in every agency to contest the legality of an impound. If legal, fees are paid by the owner of the vehicle. If the impound was without legal justification, the agency eats it.

Assumptions without facts are a waste of time and pointless.

My daughter has had her car impounded and assumed the responsibility for the why it was impounded and paid the fees. I expect nothing else from my kids.

Well Mr. B &WOP First of all she was released @3am with no money(had she had money she would have paid her tab) How was she suppose to get to the impound yard?? I know sprout wings and fly. She should have been released at time without the cops doing their job of making sure she was ok. She was not stopped she was at a restaurant. You really don't have all the info. But this is typical cops protecting cops the thin blue line.

Mr. Citizen, Do you expect officers to only release suspects during business hours even when they eligible for release or have posted bail? And you really don't have all the info either unless you witnessed it first hand. Do not make assumptions about police officers. It's the same as being racist or sexist....very ignorant.

Well, "citizen", explaining something about procedures (procedures you may not like or agree with) is not "protecting cops". She was released at the station, not transported to a remote area by deputies. At the station, as an adult, she had the option of using the phone to get someone to pick her up and and maybe help her get her car out of impound. She chose to walk off. As an adult, it was her decision. But I know. The police has the deep pockets and must pay for someone's bad decision.

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