Remains recently found in a Malibu ravine could be identified today, according to a Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s lieutenant. A coroner’s investigator said early today that information about the case has been placed on a security hold.

A forensic anthropologist examined the remains Wednesday, with close attention devoted to the teeth for comparison purposes, coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said.

The gender of the remains has not been determined, Corral said Wednesday. It has been speculated that the skull and bones found Monday afternoon at an abandoned marijuana farm are those of Mitrice Richardson, who went missing in September after being released from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu-Lost Hills Station at night.

Richardson’s father, Michael Richardson, said Wednesday morning on KJLH-FM radio that he had not given up hope that his daughter is alive. He said he has confidence that a woman he spotted months ago in Las Vegas could be Mitrice Richardson.

“Nothing has been concluded,” Michael Richardson said on KJLH’s“Front Page” show. “We’re going to remain hopeful, prayerful and steadfast.”

The skull and bones were discovered about 1 p.m. Monday when state rangers were searching the farm in the unincorporated Monte Nido area in“treacherous terrain,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

The remains were found about 30 miles from the sheriff’s station from which Richardson was released.

Source: City News Service