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Remains Found in Malibu Canyon Likely Those of a Woman

Road through Malibu Canyon (Photo by aalorber via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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The families of three missing persons are anxiously awaiting word if the human remains found inside Malibu Canyon yesterday afternoon belong to their loved ones. The L.A. Coroner's office has yet to complete the autopsy, though LA Now is reporting that a source within law enforcement has indicated the remains are female.The same source revealed that women's clothing were found near the scene.

One possibility is that the remains are that of Mitrice Richardson, who has been missing since she was released from the the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station, 20 miles southeast, on September 17th.

Richardson was last seen just over 2 miles from where the bones were found, though numerous unconfirmed sightings have put Richardson as alive and in Las Vegas.

Other people have been reported missing in the same vicinity over the years, and their families are looking to the autopsy to learn if the remains will solve a long-running mystery for them.