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What is currently a missing persons case could become a murder investigation, as the Los Angeles County sheriff Monday ordered his homicide team to look into the disappearance of Mitrice Richardson, a 24-year-old lesbian.
L.A. County sheriff Lee Baca stressed to the Los Angeles Times that his team has no evidence that Richardson, missing since September 24, is dead.
"By opening up a homicide investigation, it does allow the sheriff's department to put some of our top investigators on the case," Steve Whitmore, a department spokesman, told the Times.
The Cal State Fullerton graduate was last seen leaving a Malibu sheriff's station after being arrested at a posh restaurant for not being able to pay her dinner bill, acting strangely, and possessing a small amount of marijuana in her car. After obtaining her diaries, investigators believe Richardson "had a major mental breakdown."
Read more about Richardson's disappearance here.