KFI’s John and Ken Interview Missing Black Woman’s Mom & Dad Tells NBC 4 Daughter is Being Held Against Her Will

I was pleasantly surprised to hear KFI’s  John and Ken interview Latice Sutton, the mother of Matrice Richardson who is still missing after being released by the sheriff’s last Friday morning.  For some reason, I expected John and Ken would chalk it up to personal responsibility, pin it on the Black girl, and keep it pushing.  I was wrong.  They actually seemed to take a genuine interest and above all else, provided the best interview yet of exactly what happened from the mother.  I don’t say this often, but kudos John and Ken!

Missing Woman: Dad Believes She is Being Held Against Her Will

The father of a woman missing since Friday believes his daughter is being held against her will.

Michael Richardson says he’s been conducting his own investigation into the disappearance of his daughter Mitrice, 24. He says her friends told him she’s been acting strangely ever since she met a female friend who’s been supplying Mitrice with marijuana. Richardson says he’s trying to track that friend down in an effort to locate his daughter.

Richardson continues to blame the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for releasing his daughter after sheriff’s deputies affested her Thursday night.

Witnesses said Richardson was drunk and unable to pay her $89 bill at Geoffrey’s restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu about 10 p.m. Thursday, according to her parents.

Richardson was taken by deputies to the Malibu-Lost Hills station and booked on suspicion of not paying for the meal and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Los Angeles Times. The marijuana was allegedly found in her white 1990 Honda Civic, which was impounded.

Richardson was released about 1:25 a.m. Friday because “she exhibited no signs of mental illness or intoxication. She was fine. She’s an adult,” Whitmore said.

Whitmore said the jailer offered to let Richardson stay through the night, but she declined.

According to her mother, Latice Sutton, a manager she spoke to at Geoffrey’s said Richardson appeared to be in “no condition to drive” while at the restaurant.

Whitmore says if Richardson had been intoxicated at the restaurant, deputies would have arrested her for public intoxication, which they did not do.

Sutton said she called the Malibu-Lost Hills station to ask about posting bail and picking up her daughter, but deputies told her they had released her because they did not have room to keep her in jail.

The sheriff’s station is on a frontage road to the Ventura (101) Freeway, in a business park that is unfamiliar to the woman, her family said. It is not served by buses at night, and family members say the woman has not contacted the family or been seen by them since.

The woman’s father, Michael Richardson, said he was worried about his daughter’s mental state after seeing her booking photo.
“She looked like a demon had come inside her. That was not my daughter,” he said. “It ran chills up my spine. I’ve never seen my daughter look like that.”

“They allowed her to walk out of that facility and down that road in the pitch black night,” he told The Times. “That’s not right. Now, I just want to find my child.”

Whitmore says deputies at the Lost Hills station asked Mitrice if she wanted to stay the night and she declined. Whitmore says she also signed a document indicating she was not drunk.

The woman’s mother said deputies told her nearby residents had called to say a woman was sleeping on porches, indicating to her that Richardson was stumbling around a nearby residential neighborhood early Friday. Her parents filed a missing person report with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Richardson is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and recently moved to Los Angeles to live with her grandmother near the area where she planned on teaching. She last made contact with her family at her home in the Southeast area of Los Angeles on Wednesday, police said.

Richardson is black, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 135 pounds. She has brown, curly hair and hazel eyes, and was last seen wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans, police said.

According to a flyer made by her family, Richardson has tattoos on her lower abdomen and behind her neck.

Police urged anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at (213) 485-5381, or (877) LAPD-24-7 after business hours or on weekends.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • This was a great interview!!! Thank U!!

  • Marlon

    We understand that she is very intelligent, but she does have a mental illness. The SD should have been notified of this disorder, and maybe she would not have been released.

  • Gwendolyn Crawford-Angelos

    It would not surprise me at all if the police did something to her. I DON’T TRUST THEM!!! They released her in the middle of the night in a totally foreign area. PROTECT AND SERVE MY BUTT. I feel the police have done something.

    Gwen Crawford-Angelos
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Filmmakeher

    I agree. I know for a fact the Sheriff’s Department will not release prisoners during certain hours due to liabilities. FBI needs to start an investigation into the Lost Hills Sheriff Station. I believe she was never spotted anywhere else other than that station. Sounds like the Dept. making up sightings to throw off the trail.

  • smoky

    Something is definitely wrong here. The police does not just let you go, after you don’t pay a restaurant bill, have no id or drivers license, and posession of marijuana on top of all that. Since when do the police just let you go with charges like that. I guarantee you that shes either in a hospital as a Jane Doe or still locked up.

  • Gloria

    I feel there is definitely a cover up here. And I pray to God the truth will come out. They had no business letting that young lady leave that station in the middle of no where alone that time of morning. I feel they know more than they are letting on. I feel the inconsistences come from the fact they are lying. And we all know cops lie too…. Far to many lie in this day and time. Just investigate some of these law enforcement offices. Alot of them of just stray doggs with badges and guns… Latrice I pray for your family and hope your child is found.

  • unknown

    Why Matrice did not call her mother or father. Could it be that Mitrice had issue with her mother. What about her step father. It more to this story that’s not being told. If the mother would be honest perhaps we can find Matrice. The mom is blaming everyone except herself. I know people who knows that family. There was a lot of issues in that famiy. Matrice send her mom a text message stating – “look at the new tomorrow you will be in for a hell of surprise” What’s that all about. Like I said there is more to this story than being told.

  • Danita

    I agree that there many holes in the story as told by the sheriff department. Is there proof that she ever left the sheriff department? Did something within the station and now all of these sightings are just to cover their tracks. None of this makes sense.

    I will continue to pray that she is found safe very soon.

  • Agoura community

    The Lost Hills Sheriff station is known to be hated in the community. They are rude and abuse the community. Many residents complain about the deputies in this station, but nothing is done at the last 10 years.Hopefully Mitrice will be found alive and well.
    It is time for this sheriff station to be organized and maybe even closed.

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  • Long Lost Associate

    I have a daughter the same age as Mitrice who also is very intelligent and a graduate now in graduate school and we have issues over her lifestyle and yet I would be heartbroken if my child was missing without a trace. Mothers and daughters do not always see eye to eye so the relationship of the two is not the issue here- This woman child is missing and she is afraid. No matter what issues were pending in the family does not make who she was or how real the family is being any less than a painfil experience. I went to high school with her mom and we were pregnant with these girls at the same time and I pray for her child safe delivery home. I know in my heart what pain these children can bring with the choices that they make in life however we are mothers and we love our children unconditionaly-
    The media needs to treat missing African American girls the same as they treat missing non- African American Girls- Look at the Asian girl – is it just becuase she was from Yale that she received all the media attention- she was as well 24 and I think that she had relations with the accused killer, but is there anyone making negative commits about her

  • I am a psychic medium in Pasadena California and have received some information regarding Matrice but have been unable to find anyone to share it with.

  • adrian

    Was the weed tested ? It might have been laced with something PCP etc..

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