Missing SoCal woman spotted in Nevada

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A copy of People Magazine containing a story about missing Los Angeles girl Mitrice Richardson after her family filed a claim as a prelude to a possible lawsuit against the Los Angeles County in Los Angeles on March 16, 2010.

Authorities say a woman who disappeared after being released from a sheriff's substation in Malibu may be living in the Las Vegas area.

Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says credible witnesses have reported seeing 25-year-old Mitrice Richardson.

Police are asking Richardson to contact authorities or family members, stressing that she's not in any trouble.

The woman, who suffers from bipolar disorder, went missing in September after being detained briefly when she didn't pay a restaurant bill. Her parents have each sued the sheriff's office, including a wrongful death lawsuit filed last month by her mother.

Las Vegas police will hold a news conference Thursday morning to discuss details of the case.

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