Excerpts from LA Times article:
The skeletal remains found in Malibu Canyon on Monday afternoon have been identified by authorities as those of Mitrice Richardson, the young woman who vanished nearly a year ago after being released from the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
The identification of the remains, found deep in a ravine by park rangers checking for marijuana plants, apparently brings to a grim close the much-publicized mystery over the whereabouts of the Cal State Fullerton graduate who would have celebrated her 25th birthday this past April.
Her arrest for being unable to pay an $89 dinner tab at a Malibu restaurant and her subsequent release in the dark hours of the early morning last Sept. 17 without a car, cellphone or purse sparked widespread criticism of Sheriff's Department personnel and triggered two lawsuits accusing the department of negligence.
"If you knew how many buses I've chased down," Ronda Hampton, a psychologist who was friends with Richardson, said recently.
Condolences to Mitrice Richardson's family and friends from Mary Neal. I agree with a Twitter post by FindMitrice - "Mitrice Richardson's death was AVOIDABLE. She deserves JUSTICE and we will work as hard as possible to do so."