|Student Matrise Richardson|
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca held a press conference to announce that skeletal remains found in a Malibu Canyon ravine were those of missing student Matrise Richardson.
Richardson had been missing since being released from the Lost Hills division on foot between twelve and two in the morning. I found the press conference to be distasteful! Sheriff Lee Baca proclaimed that there was no sign of foul play and declared it was not a homicide. He also proclaimed that we may never know what happened? Really? How did you come to these conclusions? Please share! Are you a forensic scientist Sheriff Baca? Perhaps, you feel due to your many years of law enforcement experience that you can tell with the naked eye signs of foul play. Isn't that the coroner's job to determine and announce if it is a homicide? I'm just asking! So, then for the record, the Coroner's office has not announced any findings other than the remains belong to Matrise Richardson.
I think it would have been interesting if the press had asked Sheriff Baca yesterday why the Sheriff's account seems so sketchy. I would like to have asked why after Ms. Richardson was arrested was she released between midnight and two in the morning? Is this common procedure? If she was arrested, then was she read her Miranda rights, why was she not held over for a bail hearing?
The Sheriff says that she was offered a ride but refused. Really? Didn't Ms. Richardson have her own vehicle? Where is it? Where was it? Is it policy to release arrestee's at midnight or later? Was Ms. Richardson allowed to make a phone call? The Sheriff says that the offer was made. Where are the phone records of this call? The Sheriff states that it's phone system was being worked on? Not to doubt their veracity but how convenient! Ms. Richardson had no purse or cell phone according to the Sheriff, but she had id right? She had to right? Or else why would the Sheriff allow her to leave with no id? I was told that it's against the law to walk around with NO ID. So it doesn't make sense that she was released with no ID by law enforcement.
It makes no sense that she was even allowed to leave on foot in MALIBU CANYON at night! The Sheriff says it told her she could stay in the lobby but she refused. Really? Why was she released from jail again? Why was she released at two in the morning? Where was her car and purse? Why couldn't she make a phone call? What door did she walk out of and what direction was she walking in? She was arrested for failure to pay a bill. There were two people listed on the receipt, where is the second person? Who was the second person? Where is the record of their interview?
Just on a side note! Why wasn't Ms. Richardson treated like every other high profile missing person's case? JC Duggard, Natalie Holloway....for example? They received nightly coverage from several different media outlets.
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