For Christmas last year, I was invited to dinner at Geoffreys, an upscale restaurant overlooking the ocean in Malibu.
My lovely counselor from high school invited me along with her daughter and I was excited to see her after 10+ years, because she was very instrumental in my development.
I did not want to bring the conversation up during dinner, but my mind drifted often to Mitrice Richardson.
The Cal State Fullerton graduate vanished into the night on Sept. 17, 2009.
Geoffreys in Malibu called the police on her during a mental health crisis. For some reason, Richardson could not pay her bill and was referred to that night as a “ding” from the arresting officer.
The 24-year-old was released from jail at the Malibu-Lost Hills Sheriff’s station around midnight, with no phone, car or point of destination.
Her mother called the Lost Hills Malibu Sheriff’s Station jail several times, inquiring on the timing of her release, so that she could be there to pick her up from the station.
Richardson would be missing for 11 months before she was found deceased in August 2010 by park rangers.
In March of 2022, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors increased their reward in Richardson’s disappearance to $20,000, that will lead to the apprehension and conviction of those responsible for her “suspicious disappearance and heinous death.”