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February 23, 2010 | By Richard Simon
As the House on Tuesday approved "Billy's Law," a bill designed to aid families searching for missing loved ones, Janice Smolinski had more than a casual interest. Her son, Billy, for whom the legislation is named, disappeared more than five years ago. The measure, which seeks to expand online public information on missing people and unidentified remains, comes in the wake of missing-persons cases that have drawn national attention, including that of Mitrice Richardson, 24, who disappeared after being released from the Malibu-Lost Hills Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in September without her car, cellphone or purse.
January 10, 2010 | By Carla Hall
One of the most extensive searches in the history of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department turned up no evidence of Mitrice Richardson, the young woman who has been missing since leaving the Malibu sheriff's station Sept. 17. The fourth fruitless search of the Malibu area left police and sheriff's investigators mystified and family members clinging to hope that she is still alive. "The beautiful thing about today is that they didn't find a cadaver," said Michael Richardson, 42, the father of the missing woman.
December 9, 2009 | By Kimi Yoshino
The Coral Princess sailed into San Pedro on Monday morning, ending its 15-day Panama cruise; Chiara Faliva flew all the way from Italy to greet it. Far from a relaxing vacation, Faliva is hopscotching the world -- Tuesday she was en route to Colombia -- desperately trying to determine what happened to her brother, a 31-year-old chef who disappeared from the ship a few days after it departed from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The few facts known only...
November 27, 2009
Writer-director Noah Buschel's ambitious, stylish neo-noir "The Missing Person" starts so self-consciously that it verges on parody but impressively gathers steam, gaining depth and breadth as it evokes 9/11 post-traumatic stress. It's a great-looking movie, with an evocative use of music and, in rugged-yet-sensitive Michael Shannon, has an actor whose forceful, focused presence is the film's sturdy linchpin. Shannon's John Rosow, a martini-loving, hardscrabble Chicago private eye, is awakened in the middle of the night with an offer he can't afford not to take.
November 26, 2009 | By David Kelly
The mystery of three missing Hemet teens deepened Wednesday when one turned up alive and well while police unearthed charred human remains at a home where the other two were last seen. "We have found more human remains, but we can't say if it's one person or two or three," said Lt. Dean Evans of the Hemet Police Department. "It does alarm us that the remains have been found at the home of one of the missing juveniles." Evans said one of the original three, Felicia Sharpe, was brought to the police station Wednesday by her mother and was being interviewed by investigators.
November 10, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
A decomposed body was found Monday in the Castaic area near Interstate 5, and investigators are trying to determine whether it is that of a Newhall woman who has been missing for two weeks, authorities said. The body, believed to be that of a white woman about 18 years old, was found shortly after 1 p.m. behind a strip mall being built near the junction of the 5 and 126 freeways, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Brigett Kennemore, an 18-year-old Valencia High School student, was last seen in the area Oct. 26 after she got off a bus. But a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department, Deputy Lilian Peck, said investigators had not yet identified the body.
November 1, 2009 | Associated Press
A convicted rapist who fled before police arrived to arrest him on new rape charges was arrested Saturday in his neighborhood after police found six decomposing bodies at his home. Police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho said that Anthony Sowell was walking down the street on the east side of Cleveland when authorities spotted him and took him into custody. Sowell initially denied that he was the man authorities were looking for, but admitted his identity as officers began fingerprinting him, Stacho said.
October 8, 2009 | Carla Hall
Exactly three weeks after Mitrice Richardson apparently vanished in Malibu Canyon, Los Angeles police detectives assigned to her case are convinced that the 24-year-old woman is alive. "Mitrice is out there," LAPD robbery-homicide Det. Chuck Knolls said. "We don't believe she's a victim of foul play." But her whereabouts still bedevil Knolls and fellow detective Steven Eguchi. Both men are working the case full-time, and had past assistance from 12 other detectives. At the same time, about 50 family members and friends of Richardson are doing their own tracking of alleged sightings from Malibu to outside L.A. County.
September 13, 2009 | Associated Press
Potential evidence has been seized from the building where a Yale University graduate student was last seen before she vanished days ahead of her wedding, authorities said Saturday. "I will categorically say a body has not been found," FBI spokeswoman Kim Mertz said at a news conference. "Items that could potentially be evidence have been seized. None have yet been associated with Annie Le at this time." Mertz would not confirm reports that the items found included bloody clothing.
July 14, 2009 | Victoria Kim
As afternoon turned to evening July 8, Robert Alan Korda seemed to have disappeared into thin air. The former L.A. Philharmonic violinist left his Van Nuys home about 3 p.m. but never showed up at the Hollywood studio where he was scheduled to work that evening. His family made frantic calls to police and hospitals and to his cellphone provider. When they received little clue as to his whereabouts, they turned to the Internet as a last resort.
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