Baca said at a news conference Thursday that remains found earlier this week were that of 25-year-old Mitrice Richardson. He said detectives will continue investigating her death but her remains may not offer many clues into how she died.
Richardson's skull and bones were found Monday near an abandoned marijuana grove in a rugged Santa Monica Mountains area near Malibu.
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 for failing to pay a restaurant bill in Malibu.