L.A. Sherrif launches massive hunt for missing lesbian
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department launched one of the largest searches the county has ever conducted over the weekend – for Twenty-four year old lesbian Mitrice Richardson, who has been missing since last September.
LA County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore told OutQ news that 339 trained search and rescue personnel – including deep sea divers, helicopters and 60 officers on horseback – searched from 6 in the morning to 6 at night on Saturday looking for Richardson. Richardson was last seen in the rural area near Malibu in Southern California.
There was a bit of controversy last week when Sheriff Lee Baca met with Richardson’s father – but not her mother. The two never married and there is on-going tension. After a local newspaper incorrectly reported that the Sheriff had upgraded the investigation to a homicide – Richardson’s mother complained about not being informed.
Whitmore said that Baca met separately with the mother and apologized for the misunderstanding and put her on the phone with the lead investigator. The sheriff did lend three of his best personal from the Robbery Homicide Division to assist the LAPD which is leading the missing person investigation, but there has been no determination that the case is a homicide.
Whitmore said he does not know why the FBI has not joined the investigation – except to speculate that they don’t know what more they can add.
He said – “Everything that can be done is being done.”