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Mitrice Richardson Found Dead: Missing Woman's Remains I.D.'d Near Malibu, Say Police

Mitrice Richardson is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and recently moved to Los Angeles to live with her grandmother near the area where she planned on teaching. Police say she last made contact with her family at her home Southeast LA on Sept. 16, 2009. MySpace Photo

Mitrice Richardson (Personal Photo)

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) The skull and bones found near an abandoned marijuana grove in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu are the remains of 25-year-old Mitrice Richardson, according to officials.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says there is no indication the California woman who went missing nearly a year ago was slain.

The confirmation ends a nearly yearlong search for the Los Angeles area woman that spanned from the Malibu mountains to Las Vegas, where authorities recently said people reported spotting Richardson.

She vanished after she was released early Sept. 17 at a sheriff's substation in Calabasas after failing to pay a restaurant bill in Malibu.

Baca said at a news conference Thursday  that detectives will continue investigating Richardson's death but her remains may not offer many clues.

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