Federal investigators are stepping into the case of a woman who disappeared after Los Angeles County sheriffs released her from custody a year and a half ago.
L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca told the Los Angeles Times that the FBI has agreed to examine the exhumed skeletal remains of Mitrice Richardson.
Baca said he asked the agency to investigate in response to the Richardson family’s request.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Richardson in the summer of 2009 for not paying a bill at a Malibu restaurant.
Nobody saw her alive after deputies released her from the remote Lost Hills sheriff station in Calabasas without her cellphone purse or car, which had been impounded.
Searchers found her remains were nearly a year later in a rugged area of Malibu Canyon. The coroner was unable to determine how she’d died.
The Richardson family is suing the sheriff's department for negligence. An internal review said deputies had followed department policy. Richardson's skeletal remains will be exhumed and sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia. Richardson’s mother says she's elated that the department has responded to her wishes.