Coroner Rules Cause of Death for Mitrice Richardson Cannot Be Determined
• Sheriff's Department Says Its Investigation Continues • By Anne Soble

The family of Mitrice Richardson was notified by the Los Angeles County of Coroner that it has closed its investigation in the case of the 24-year-old Los Angeles woman, who went missing after her booking at the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station in September 2009 and was found dead 11 months later, and ruled that a cause of death is undeterminable.

DOC Assistant Chief Ed Winter contacted Richardson's mother, Latice Sutton, by telephone Thursday afternoon, and she remains in seclusion after learning the ruling, which also has been communicated to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

Neither the family, nor the LASD, said it has received a copy of the official written report of the DOC's conclusions, which currently is not expected to be available until Friday. The report cannot be released to the public until the family and the LASD have obtained copies of it.

LASD spokesperson Steve Whitmore told the Malibu Surfside News late Thursday, "The case is not closed for the sheriff's department. We still have an ongoing investigation into how her remains ended up where they did. That is ongoing and will continue. "