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Mitrice Richardson's Mother Wants FBI to Examine Case

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Latice Sutton, the mother of CSU Fullerton student Mitrice Richardson, whose remains were found in August in Malibu Canyon after being missing for several months, is calling for the FBI to look at how the sheriff's deputies handled her daughter's case, according to the Daily News. Sutton is also pushing to have her daughter's body exhumed.A forensic anthropologist working on the case will join Sutton at a press conference scheduled for today, and is "expected to discuss material overlooked or ignored in the death investigation and make a case for exhuming the body."

While the LA County's Office of Independent Review has produced a report that says the sheriff's deputies at the Malibu/Lost Hills Station followed protocol in handling Richardson when she was detained in September 2009, Richardson's family has long been critical of their decision to release the young woman. Richardson had been let go at midnight, "without her car, phone or purse," after being brought in for not paying her tab at a restaurant.

Richardson was not seen alive again, and her body was recovered almost a year later, near a marijuana grow site in Malibu Canyon. The Sheriff's Department ruled that there had been no foul play, however, the coroner's office did not determine an official cause of death.