New Search for Mitrice Richardson Tomorrow, March 28; Sheriff’s Deputies Plan to Use Search Drone, But Won’t Say Where or When

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From Anne Soble at the Malibu Surfside News:

The mother of Mitrice Richardson, a 24-year-old honors college graduate who may be bipolar, Latice Sutton, and a circle of relatives and friends plan to send search teams in groups of a half dozen or more to Malibu, Calabasas, Santa Monica,Venice, Hollywood, Skid Row and the South Central area from noon to 4 p.m. on March 28.

Family members describe Sunday’s effort as “the biggest volunteer one-day search yet.”

The group needs more volunteers. Those interested in taking part can visit for contact numbers.

On the law enforcement agency investigation front, Richardson’s mother says she has received an email from Lt. Michael Rosson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Division indicating that there are plans to use the San Diego State University Immersive Visualization Center drone in a separate effort the week of March 29.

Rosson did not respond to telephone messages and emails requesting more specific details.

The drone is a small unmanned aircraft equipped with cameras. The SDSU Viz Center says the drone has the ability to go deep into canyons and can search through dense brush.

The craft, also dubbed the “bird,” can fly lower than a helicopter in difficult terrain and obtain high resolution, close-up images and video.

The drone is credited with discovering lost people and skeletal remains in a number of instances when traditional search efforts failed.

So the deputies won’t say, or don’t know where they’re going to send the drone? Interesting.

I pray that this child is finally found. The longer this goes, the worse it gets.

If you’d like further information, see Sutton’s website at; or click the father Michael Richardson’s website located on this blog at If you possess any information that might lead to Mitrice’s recovery, contact Dr. Ronda Hampton at 951-660-8031; or LAPD Homicide Lt. Charles Knolls and Detective Steven Eguchi at 213-486-6900.

~ by blksista on March 27, 2010.

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