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The family of Mitrice Richardson, a Los Angeles-area lesbian who has been missing for six months, says local authorities have not done enough to try to find her.
In addition to an earlier complaint filed by her mother, Latice Sutton, her father, Michael Richardson, filed a claim against Los Angeles County, saying officials were neglectful to release her from a sheriff's station without a phone, money, or car.
Sutton told reporters Tuesday that authorities have not returned the family's phone calls. "They just dropped this," she said. "We've been trying to get drones out to search Malibu Canyon," she said according to the Los Angeles Times.
Richardson, 24, was arrested in Malibu for not having enough money to cover an $89 bill for dinner on September 17. She was released hours later from the Lost Hills/Malibu sheriff's station without a purse, car, or cell phone. It was later revealed that she suffered from severe bipolar disorder.
Local detectives have searched 40 square miles based on reported sightings of Richardson but have yet to find her.
In addition to the search by area authorities, U.S. representative Maxine Waters called on the FBI to step into the investigation.