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Remains Officially Confirmed as Mitrice Richardson

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Sheriff Lee Baca this morning officially announced that the remains found in the Santa Monica Mountains are that of Mitrice Richardson, the 24-year-old woman who disappeared last year after being released from the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station.

"Life is fragile, the circumstances of this case are tragic," said Baca. He explained that there was no indication of homicide at this point and defended the actions of the deputies that released Richardson under questionable circumstances.

She was arrested in Malibu after a restaurant manager made a citizen's arrest when she didn't pay her $89 bill. Responding deputies subsequently found a small amount of marijuana in her car, impounded it and arrested her. She was released from custody early the next morning and was only seen a few times before vanishing.