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Hampton (middle), a clinical psychologist for whom the late Mitrice Richardson interned, delivers an emotional speech at the Sept. 17 event held in honor of the 10th anniversary of Richardson’s disappearance from the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station. Melody Hampton (left) and Lisa Santamaria stand by Hampton. Photos by Suzy Demeter/Surfside News
The Rev. Robert Hendricks (second from left) leads a prayer in Mitrice Richardson’s honor during a Sept. 17 gathering outside of the Malibu/Lost Hills police station where the 24-year-old disappeared from 10 years prior.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks and answers questions during the press conference. Villanueva, who highlighted mental health policy changes the department has instilled over the past 10 years, said the department will not be reopening the investigation into the famed case unless new evidence is uncovered.
(Left to right) Malibu Mayor Jefferson Wagner, Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Chief Pat Nelson listen while Dr. Hampton speaks.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva shakes hands with Chip Croft, who produced “Lost Compassion,” a documentary about the Mitrice Richardson case.
Shown is Mitrice Richardson’s photo from the Ms. Fullerton contestant pageant contest in 2007. Photo Submitted
Michele Willer-Allred, Freelance Reporter
7:39 am PDT September 24, 2019
It was the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of Mitrice Richardson. An enlarged portrait of the woman — a 24-year-old whose death and disappearance raised questions and concerns over practices within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department — oversaw the Sept. 17 press conference