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Woman is missing after being released from Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station

September 19, 2009 |  5:49 pm

Police investigators and family were asking for the public’s help today in finding a 24-year-old Los Angeles woman last seen leaving the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu/Lost Hills substation early Thursday morning.

Mitrice Richardson was released from the substation in the 27000 block of Agoura Road about 1:25 a.m. after she was arrested for allegedly failing to pay for a meal and being in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Richardson had been arrested about 8 p.m. Wednesday after failing to pay an $89.21 bill at Geoffrey’s Malibu. Sheriff’s deputies discovered the marijuana in her white 1990 Honda Civic, which was impounded, authorities said.

In an interview, her father, Michael Richardson, questioned the Sheriff's Department’s decision to release her without knowing for certain whether she was intoxicated or had arranged for transportation. “They allowed her to walk out of that facility and down that road in the pitch black night,” he said. “That’s not right. Now, I just want to find my child.”

Whitmore said Richardson was released because “she exhibited no signs of mental illness or intoxication. She was fine. She’s an adult.”

Richardson’s parents filed a missing person’s report with the Los Angeles Police Department. The misdemeanor charges are being handled by sheriff’s investigators.

Police are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 485-5381, or (877) LAPD-24-7 after business hours or on weekends.

--Louis Sahagun