VIDEO: Mitrice Richardson Story on Investigation Discovery Television

The mysterious circumstances behind the disappearance and death of the 24-year-old college graduate are explored on an episode of 'Disappeared.'

The mysterious disappearance and ultimate discovery of the remains of Mitrice Richardson, 24, is the subject of an episode of Disappearance, entitled "Lost in the Dark" on ID Television.

Richardson was last seen alive being released with no purse or cellphone from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station around 1 a.m. on Sept. 17, 2009. She was arrested earlier that evening for failing to pay an $89 bill at Geoffrey's in Malibu.

Her skeletal remains were found nearly a year later on Aug. 9, 2010 in the Monte Nido area of Calabasas.

The cities of Agoura Hills and Calabasas, working with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, are jointly offering a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Richardson's death.

R Y A N December 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Please check your facts. The City of Malibu offered a substantial reward early on. If the City's reward somehow is not in effect, please report that factually as news. The City of Malibu is very safe, with few Part 1 Crimes, yet it encompasses many square miles and over 20 linear miles of beachfront.
lifeisgood December 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
The City of Malibu vowed a $15K reward "even if it is not annually budgeted", in a May 2012 quote by City Manager, Jim Thoreson. One thing that folks and her family aren't talking about much is Mitrice Richardson's mental illness, which may have played a major factor in her demise. She was delusional, she likely wandered up that Malibu Creek SP trail and died of exposure. What's tragic is that our laws allow the police to treat the mentally ill as criminals rather than getting them the help that they need. Some have asked why wasn't Richardson 5150'd (held in lock-up for mental evaluation), but if she's not exhibiting a danger to herself or others, the police are obligated by law to release her her. Why did her family let her drive? Families with loved ones diagnosed with bipolar disorder are advised not to let them drive or own a car. What's more tragic was how our state legislatures across the country in the 1970's/'80's dismantled our state mental health institutions in the misguided belief that the severely mentally ill should and could be mainstreamed. Many of the persistenly homeless have some form of mental illness, and we need to reinstitute mental health hospitals and institutions for their and our safety. Not that every mentally ill person is dangerous to themselves or to others, but to help treat those who are unresponsive to treatment or who have violent behavioral patterns. Then we might be able to avoid Columbine HS, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook.
Linda Vallejo December 27, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Malibu put up the $15,000 reward money early on because I was the one who personally went before the City Council and first proposed it. I asked them to match the $10,000 reward and they graciously upped it to $15,000.
nanci December 28, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Can't see when this will air...the website for ID TV didn't help.
ronda hampton December 28, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The reward from Malibu continues to be in effect. Thanks to Linda Vallejo who did approach the board on offering a reward when Mitrice went missing. Also, the cities of Calabasas and Agoura Hills have offered an additional combined reward of $15,000 bringing the reward to a total of $30,000 for anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Mitrice's death. As far as comments regarding Mitrice's mental health, this has always been a discussion and basis for concern. Her behavior at the restaurant was unusual and family and friends openly discussed concern for her mental health only to be dismissed by law enforcement who stated publically that she was perfectly fine. For continued updates on her case please visit - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Find-Mitrice-Richardson/149293545705?ref=hl
Hans Laetz December 28, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I hope the Malibu Surfside News gets its due credit in that TV show. That newspaper kept the issue alive and in the forefront for months before anyone paid attention to it.
ronda hampton December 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM
@Hans Laetz, the MSN deserves all of the credit for keeping the story alive. Without the work of Anne Soble much of what is known about what happened to Mitrice would have never been uncovered. The work and dedication of Anne Soble of MSN has been invaluable and it is because of her and her work that Mitrice's story got the continued national attention that it did.
Mark January 02, 2013 at 08:32 PM
She didn't just, "get lost" where she was found was not near any trails. We will never know tho because LACSD doesn't want the outcome they have accepted to change. No female would bushwhacked to that location. It's an absurd story.
Corie January 25, 2013 at 03:32 PM
The last time anyone saw Mitrice alive was at the Lost Hills Sheriffs station. There is an interesting article here about three officers, "higher-ups" at the station, all of whom have been relieved of duty in relation to accusations of "sexual coercion" by a female deputy.
Michaela February 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM
What an absurd, irresponsible comment.


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