We'll probably never know why homicide investigators with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department acted oddly in the recovery of the skeletal remains of 24-year-old Cal State Fullerton student Mitrice Richardson in Malibu Canyon.
The August 2010 decision by sheriff's investigators to move Richardson's bones was met with stinging criticism from a high ranking coroner official, prompting an investigation from the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review (OIR).
concludes that “factual disputes” leave questions unanswered as to
whether sheriff's officials were justified in removing the woman's
The night Richardson's remains were discovered, sheriff's deputies flew via helicopter to the rugged canyon where the body was located and spoke by cell phone with coroner officials, who gave them permission to remove a skull, pelvic bone and leg bone. However, as they began brushing leaves aside, they discovered a nearly intact skeleton, which they loaded onto the chopper and flew back to the station.