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Authorities remove bones from Malibu Canyon, caution against linking to Mitrice Richardson

August 9, 2010 |  9:06 pm

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Monday night that they had removed bones found earlier in the day in a steep ravine in Malibu Canyon. Mitrcie Richardson

Investigators said they received calls from several people Monday who reported loved ones missing in the area. Mitrice Richardson, who vanished after being released from Sheriff's Department custody last September, was not in that immediate vicinity, authorities said.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore cautioned against jumping to conclusions that the recovered skull and bones were those of Richardson. He said it could take weeks before investigators identify the remains.

"The Malibu/Lost Hills station has received several calls from concerned people who said their loved ones have gone missing in that exact area," Whitmore said. "We need to remember that we don't know what we have here."

The bones were found 15 miles southeast of Malibu Canyon and Piuma roads, near an area that had been used to cultivate marijuana, authorities said.

Richardson — a Cal State Fullerton graduate whose 25th birthday was in April — showed up at Geoffrey's restaurant in Malibu last Sept. 16, acting bizarrely and speaking gibberish. Unable to pay her $89 dinner bill, she was arrested and taken into custody.

Shortly after midnight, she was released from the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station in Calabasas without her car, which had been impounded, or her cellphone and purse, which were in the car. Several months later, police investigators discovered evidence in her diaries that she was probably suffering from severe bipolar disorder.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Mitrice Richardson. Credit: Family photo

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