Murder, Mystery & Makeup - Mitrice Richardson - Police Cover Up? The System Failed

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story which is about Matrice Richardson

and her very

sad story they’re all sad

today I want to talk about Matrice

Richardson and she was born on April 30th 1985

her parents were Latisse Sutton

and Michael Richardson

latisse and

Michael they had met as juniors

at their high

school and then Lettis had become pregnant

when she was entering her

senior year of high school

she was determined so like to keep good grades

and just to be successful in life and she also had

moved in with her grandmother

Mildred and she was

considered more as lettie’s mother

than her grandmother

so she was very

close with her

when Matrice was born

her great Grandma

Mildred she would

watch over Matrice

so that Lettiece

and Michael

could go to

school and then when they

graduated also

Mildred she would

watch over Matrice

so both parents

could work so Michael

matrice’s father well he was working at a fast food

restaurant and then he

ended up to start selling drugs on the side

it was a way to make easy

money was quick

it was way more

than what he made at the fast food restaurant

and he was just kind of living

living paycheck

to paycheck so he was like okay I’m just gonna

you know sell drugs it’s not

what he wanted to do but it’s what he did unfortunately

it just kind of got out of control and he

ended up getting caught and he

he ended up getting locked up he went to jail

and when he was locked up Matrice

was 4 years old so she was

still pretty

young he was sentenced to

serve 8 years in

state prison

and then in 1993

he was released

but Letteece

is girlfriend

matrice’s mother

she didn’t she didn’t

wanna wait around for him

while he was in jail I mean

she had a family

to take care of and she just had to keep

with her life he was in prison she

started to see

other people and she

ended up meeting a guy

named Larry

Sutton and then the 2

would end up

marrying and

Larry would become

matrice’s stepfather

so at this time they were living in Los Angeles

and then in 1993 the LA riots

are going on

and if you were in Los Angeles like that’s

it was I mean I wasn’t there

so I don’t know but

based off of

stuff I’ve seen

there was growing

violence and then there was a lot of racial tensions

going on so

Lettees and

Larry made the decision to move to

Covina which is

a Los Angeles suburb it doesn’t

sound like it

would be that much different but it’s

way more quiet over there I mean I

don’t know what it’s like now not that it matters okay

so it was just more of like the

suburbs there was a lot of families there it was more

quiet and it gave Matrice

the opportunity

build a good future

do well in school

and not be surrounded by

all the city violence that was happening at that time

so from an early

age obvious that Matrice

was a pretty

smart cookie

her mom would

say in interviews that she used to tell Matrice

all the time that you can do whatever you want

in this life but you have to make sure to always give

100 and she

could achieve whatever her

heart desired

and then throughout

school Matrice

she always had

super high grades it

would be said that Matrice

would get kind of

bored throughout

school because it was almost too easy for her

I wish I had that problem in

school in middle

school she joined the cheerleading team

and she would continue

well into high

school where

she was involved in multiple cheerleading competitions

she also loved

dance she loved

dancing she was someone that everyone

loved to be around because she was just so

happy and it was like contagious and

she just was

sounded like a very very

great person

in high school though her interest in

doing outdoor

activities it

began to change

she just had no interest

in it before

she would play

outdoor sports or

go outside with her family and go for a walk

garden with her


her great grandmother Matrice just kind of stopped

involving herself in that like she took no interest in

going outside she

started to say that she didn’t like being around

like bugs and she didn’t want to get dirty

so instead she

would just stay inside she would do

crossword puzzles

she would watch TV

dance write in her journal

so then when Matrice got her driver’s

license I mean like

or any teenager it’s

the best day of your life and then you’re determined

to not walk anywhere

never walking

again I’m only driving

so according to her

mother matrice’s

mother she fell in love with

psychology and learning

about how the mind worked

why people did

certain things they did

and she was fascinated just overall with psychology

so then after high

school Matrice

she went on

to Cal State

Fullerton and it was

about 20 miles

south of Covina

rather than commuting driving back and forth

every day matrice’s mother

she suggested that Matrice

move in with her

great grandmother

Mildred that wasn’t far from

school she was

there living by herself so she was more than

happy to have

somebody come live with her cause yeah

you don’t wanna be

alone all the time

so Matrice was more than

happy to go stay with her

her great grandmother she jumped

right into the college life

she was just living it up so Matrice

was the first family

member to attend college and

much like she did in high

school she was

crushing it and she

quickly rise to the top she got onto the dean’s list

and then she also

found a job working at Santa Fe

Springs Shop

shipping company Matrice

stood out as a top student

and she decided she wanted to pursue a career in

psychology and she was determined

to achieve that

and then in

2008 Matrice

graduated Cal

State Fullerton and

she was looking at grad

schools to pursue

her master’s degree in

psychology as well she

taken a job dancing at Debras

which was a gay and lesbian

nightclub in Long Beach

it might still be there

but Matrice

she used a stage name

Hazel and she

printed business cards

and on the business card it had her

picture obviously

her name and matrice’s real father Michael

he didn’t approve of her

working at this

nightclub he warned her that this

could potentially lead her to a lot of

trouble or get herself into

trouble but Matrice said like she wasn’t a stripper

she was just


you know like a go go dancer

and if you’re a stripper there’s nothing

wrong with that either so Matrice

tried to explain this to him but you know

dads they just don’t

understand and then

while dancing Matrice decided

to try modeling so she

began going to job interviews and like

sketchy ass areas

and friends were really concerned

that she could end up in a really bad situation and

you know don’t meet up with

these people in

sketchy places

maybe go to a public

place but she wanted to pursue modeling

so during this time

um Matrice met this girl

named Vanessa

and I guess

it’s hard to say because some people were saying

that they were dating and some people were saying

that Matrice was really interested in Vanessa but they

weren’t dating because Vanessa technically had a

girlfriend there was some kind of like love triangle

going on and Matrice

really liked this girl Vanessa

and wanted to

pursue her but Vanessa was

not had the same feelings back

and then also during this time Matrice

she had attended a

party at the Playboy Mansion and she was a

guest model friends

could see that there was like something different

about Matrice

she seemed more stressed

and irritated and

they think it was because of the relationship that was

going on with Vanessa

again I’m not 100 sure what

fully was going on but

she was in the picture

eventually Vanessa had told Matrice

that she needed

to back off or at

least she wasn’t interested in her

and then that’s when friends

really noticed a drastic

change in the way Matrice

had begun acting she just seemed

really withdrawn

matrice used to like call and text friends all the time

and she just

completely stopped and if she did it

would be like

weird text messages that didn’t make sense

and then friends noticed

on her Facebook

and her MySpace because MySpace was

still around then

I think they were constantly being updated with random

thoughts and

statements at all

hours of the day

one of the posts that she had posted was

have you ever woke up at 7 a

m crying on a Saturday

cause now that you see the

light you see all the people lost in the dark and

quote I mean I’ve seen

posts like this before

I guess have I

have you I don’t know but it was just different for

something that Matrice

would be posting

it’s the New Year

a magic spoon is perfect

for meeting your goals whether it’s eating healthier

or saving more time in your morning routine

so as summer 2009 was coming to a

close her behaviors became more

erratic and

a little difficult to

track she started

to withdraw more like from friends and from family

in text messages matrice

would not make any

sense like her

sentences would be disjointed

and they didn’t appear to be connected to like any

particular topic

her explanations for her behavior

it made even less

sense on one occasion

matrice’s mother Letees

she had texted her asking her

daughter like hey what’s

going on matrice

responded with a text message that said

I’m writing

a book because you told me I can be anything I wanted

you told me I was Miss America

you told me I was america’s Next Top Model

now do you know what I want to be when I grow up Miss

Mother Nature

because Miss America

is fake ass

joke so I’m trying to find my way to Michelle

Obama to see if she will talk to Mr

Obama about creating my position within the White House

and quote so this is

concerning to her

mother at least because like this isn’t something that

matrice like what

what is going on

is what her mom is

realizing Matrice

doesn’t really

have an explanation she’s giving her kind of like

the run around or giving her text messages like that

where it doesn’t

quite make sense as to a

just what’s

going on you know and then

on September 16th it began

like any normal last day

like they always do in

these stories

early in that morning

Letteece received a few text messages from her

daughter that

again didn’t make

a lot of sense

and according

to a co worker Matrice

she had showed up to the

shipping company that morning and

she was in a really good mood

everything seemed

normal but when Matrice

went on her

lunch break she didn’t return

she hadn’t told anybody

where she was

going or that she

wouldn’t be returning

and then on Wednesday

nights matrice

and her great

grandmother they

would sit down together and have dinner

but on this day

Matrice when she got home she explained that she had

a change of plans

she told her

great grandmother that the ocean

was calling her name she needed to go to the beach

so she told her

great grandmother hey I’m gonna

skip dinner just for tonight I’m gonna

drive down to Malibu along

the scenic Pacific

Coast Highway

and as far as Mildred knew her

great grandmother

everything seemed fine

there is nothing

concerning about

her behavior or her plans she didn’t really

think anything of it

matrice left the

house at around 5 p m

and headed towards Malibu

at least we

think sometime between 4 pm and 7 pm

matrice’s aunt her name was Lauren

she came home

and then she saw

like all over her lawn

and the steps to the front door

there was a

bunch of business cards

everywhere and she when she

picked it up she looked and she saw that it was Matrice

her business cards were like scattered

everywhere and

she thought well oh like matrice must have stopped by

and she must have

dropped all these

why Matrice

went there nobody

nobody really knows Lauren the aunt she discovered

a strange note that was like tucked

under the windshield wiper of her husband’s car

it was in matrice’s handwriting

but it made

no sense there was a

smiley face

drawn on the page

along with the

statement quote I

Uncle Johnny Jimmy

nobody knows on the

right hand side of the letter was written quote

black women

scorned end

quote Lauren

the aunt she wasn’t really sure

what to make of it I mean what

would you do I don’t know I don’t know

I don’t know what I would do

I’d be like okay

thanks she didn’t really overthink it she

would go on

to say that she felt like in the pit of her stomach

that something just was off something wasn’t right

and if you ever

have that feeling you need to listen to it

so it’s believed that Matrice

had arrived in Malibu

around 7 PM

she like stopped to watch the

sunset and then

she got back into her car and

began to drive

along Pacific

Coast Highway

which is a really beautiful

area you get a nice

view of the

ocean and just really pretty so

while she’s driving she comes across this restaurant

it’s called joffrey’s or jeffrey’s I

think it’s joffrey’s

or jeffrey’s

and let me tell you this restaurant

is bougie okay

it’s like one of those

places where

bread costs $50

I’ve seen it

I’ve never been there before

they don’t have $1 menu

so Malibu is not really a

place that Matrice

you know has

spent like a

great deal of her time in

she sees this

place joffrey’s and

she decides that she wants to go in and

enjoy the view and then get some

good food as well so she pulls into the parking lot

and the parking is valet

only valet man explained that like he was

gonna go park another car

and he’d come back get matrice’s car and move that

so pretty much she’s saying like just

hold on 5 minutes

so she agreed so then as soon as the valet

guy drove away

with another customer’s car she got out of her car

and then she

climbed into the valet

guy’s car and

like another car that he had a park

or it was his car just had the valet

guy’s car when the valet

guy came back

now get matrice’s car he saw that Matrice

was in this

other car and he was like what are you doing

her response to him was

it’s subliminal

end quote so the valet guy is like

what are you doing

and then she

later explained to the valet

guy that she needed to avenge the

death of Michael Jackson

and then she just like sat in the car digging through

all of the Cds that were in this car wasn’t her car

so then Matrice

she handed the valet guy

her car keys

and then she turns to the ballet

guy and she asks is Vanessa here

and the ballet guy

is like I don’t know who the hell Vanessa is matrice

warned him to

watch out for a

woman with tattooed arms

matrice walks into the restaurant

she’s just kind of like

rousing around and the valet guy

tells the hostess to keep her eye

on Matrice because she was acting just really strange

so Matrice had

asked for a

table for one and she was led into the main dining area

now again like this place is

super fancy

I mean people don’t come

dressed in like

tuxedos and

stuff but you know a little bit nicer

so Matrice did

stand out a

little bit because she was wearing a Bob Marley T

shirt and then she had a long

sleeve shirt

underneath it she

had on vans a pink alligator belt to hold up her jeans

she also had on rostafari and hat

so she orders a cocktail

and then she also

ordered a Kobe

steak which is like 65

not that it matters but like

treat yourself

but while waiting for

her food to come out

she noticed like a

table it was nearby

and it had a

group of people it was like

7 different people

so she approaches this table

and she kind of invites herself in

their party the people that were seated

they said that

Matrice was just making really strange comments

she told this

table that she was from another planet

that her mom was planet

Earth so then

matrice’s food comes out

so she goes back to her

table and she eats for 65

it better be a life changing

state so then once Matrice was done

eating her meal she went

over back over to the table

of people that she was talking to

once they were done eating they paid

their Bill and then they were getting

ready to leave

and I guess Matrice

she got up and she started to

leave with them

she told the people at the

table that she was

going to Hawaii soon

and that she

would contact them when she arrived

so then Matrice

was following the 7

individuals out of the restaurant

cause they were getting

ready to leave so Matrice was like following with them

but she was stopped by the manager

and said like

where are you going you

haven’t paid your Bill yet and her Bill was like

it was like 90

for the 2 things she

ordered and

so the manager was like you

haven’t paid

and Matrice was saying that her Bill was paid for

that the people at the

table they paid for it

and the manager said like

no the manager

asked Matrice

well they didn’t pay for it you have to pay us

how are you

gonna pay for this

and Matrice

responded by saying

I’m busted what are we gonna do

matrice also told the manager that she was from Mars

she emptied out her pockets to show that she had no

money so since she was not able to pay

the Bill and her odd behavior

the manager told the hostess to call the police

while on the

phone with the police

the hostess explained what was going on

and the hostess

explained that like this customer she’s on drugs or

she might have some like mental issues

so police were in route

okay so then the hostess allowed Matrice

to make a phone call and the only

phone number Matrice

could seem to remember was mildred’s number her

great grandmother she called her

great grandmother Mildred

and Mildred

actually offered

to give her credit card information over the

phone so that she

could pay the Bill

but unfortunately the the restaurant

they couldn’t accept her credit card number over the

phone um she had to be there in person to like

you know sign the receipt

which I think is really stupid

cause I feel like I’ve been places

where they’ve accepted credit card payment over the

phone but I don’t know

so now it was like 9 p

m at night and

3 officers arrived

at joffrey’s

and the officers

asked them a tree some questions like what’s

going on trying to see like

where she’s at

mentally and Matrice says that

her wallet was in her car

and she could pay for it

cause her wallet was

simply in her car so then the officers they

started looking through her car to retrieve her wallet

but when they were

going through

her car they realized it was a mess there was just

stuff everywhere

papers garbage

items all over the

place they could not

find her wallet but they did find her license

and they also

found a small amount of marijuana

like it wasn’t enough to warrant

an arrest it

could easily just have been

taken care of with a misdemeanor

ticket so then Matrice

was given a sobriety

test and she

ended up passing like she wasn’t

under the influence of anything

when they couldn’t locate her wallet that’s when they

asked the manager okay

what do you

wanna Joe do you

wanna let her go or do you

wanna like press charges

and the owner decided that he wanted to

press charges

against Matrice

so at this time Matrice

is 24 years old I don’t know if I ever mentioned that

but she was handcuffed

and she was placed into the back of the patrol car

and she was

taken down to sheriff’s station

so I believe that the restaurant was on the phone

with matrice’s great

grandmother Mildred

and then Mildred

was told that Matrice was

going down to the police station mildred

called matrice’s

mother and let her know like what was going on

so then matrice’s

mother called the police station

and she had asked

the police station is Matrice

going to be released tonight or tomorrow

like what’s

gonna happen because

she was gonna

drive down there

to the police station to pick up Matrice

but if she wasn’t

going to be released

she didn’t wanna bother driving all the way out there

to pick her up because she had a 10 year old

daughter at home who was

still sleeping

so it was just gonna be

an inconvenience to

drive all the way down there

for her to not even

get released

the police station informed her

which will be released tomorrow

and we’ll make sure to have

Matrice call you

and let you know

what’s going on and what not

matrice’s mother

is like okay well you know I’ll wait for the call

at least like I don’t have to

drive all the way out there tonight

and matrice’s

mother later on

would say like oh

I was kind of glad

knowing that she was safe and

locked up all

night versus

her just being out there cause

really out of

character for her to be acting like this and

I wouldn’t want her out on the

street cause

who knows what

would happen

so her mom was kind of not

happy that she got in

trouble had

peace of mind

knowing that Matrice

would be in a safe spot

so once my Teresa

arrived she was put in a cell she was being

charged for

possession of marijuana

and defrauding an innkeeper

which I thought was

weird because

I thought she didn’t have enough marijuana to be

charged with

but that’s what she was being

charged with

and for some odd reason

when Matrice was arrested

the deputy who was filing the

paperwork and whatnot

they made no mention and no notes

about matrice’s behavior

like she was acting and saying strange

things and normally you

would kind of take note of this

there was nothing written in the reports that

would suggest

any questions existed

about her mental

state at the time

the reason for this has been

heavily debated

and the general consensus

seems to believe

that this was done either to

avoid the additional

paperwork or because the deputy

felt that Matrice was fine

had she been written

in as possibly being

mentally unstable she

could have been held

under a closer observation

or she could have even

been brought down for a 72 hour

psych holds

and evaluation

according to the call log book Matrice

had placed 4 different

phone calls and it was

scene is kind of

weird because she made 4

phone calls but

we’re unsure who they were too

one of them was not

to her great


which was the only

phone number she seemed to remember

and unfortunately of course

like that night

normally in jail like there’s a pay

phone and anyone who got arrested can make a

phone call normally

when they make

these phone calls they are recorded

but of course

pay phone was out of

order that day or night

so they had Matrice

use the phone

on their desk like it was just a normal

phone and it wasn’t recorded recorded

nobody knows who she

called multiple deputies who were interviewed they all

heard Matrice

talking on the phone

they don’t know

who she was talking to or what they can’t remember

what exactly she was saying but they know that she was

on the phone and she

was talking whether she was talking to somebody or not

she could have even

just been talking to herself pretending she was on the

phone but I

guess we’ll

never really know

meanwhile at home

matrice’s mother she was like getting

ready for bed she was

kind of waiting to see if

matrice was

gonna call her but she

never came through so okay well

I’ll wake up

early and then I’ll head out

there and get it all settled and see what’s going on

that was her plan

her mother had gone asleep

so then September 17th

at 5 20 a m

Latisse matrice’s

mother she calls a

sheriff station and ask what it

would cost to bail her

daughter out or like how it works really she

was informed that Matrice had been released overnight

suspicious so then when she finds out that Matrice

has been released she’s like um

what and she

asked why has Matrice

been released

like you guys told me she wasn’t

gonna be released

this morning the person on the

phone with her mom said well she

was released because she had no previous like record

and her charges they were not like big enough

to warrant holding her

it would have been

against the

department’s policy to hold her overnight

so why’d they bring her

I don’t know

again I know nothing

they said on the

phone that Matrice was told okay she could

you could stay in the cell if you want to

that way you have somewhere to stay tonight

and Matrice

turned them down

and then they also offered her to stay in the

lobby and wait

and Matrice also said no no thanks

so they told matrice’s mom on the

phone this like she didn’t want to stay

we can’t force her

when asked about matrice’s

state of mind the sheriff’s department said

that she was showing like no signs of a mental illness

she was an intoxicated she was fine

quote she’s an

adult end quote

they’re not wrong

about that like they can’t

force her to stay if she

doesn’t want to stay but

so Matrice had been released at 1215 a

m She had no car she had

no money her wallet was in her her car no money

she had no phone no food nothing like

1215 in the morning

she was released bye

what are you supposed to do she can’t get anywhere

1215 in the morning a

young woman like what

jeez yeah she’ll be fine

her car was

actually at an impound center that was like 15

miles away so it’s not like she was

flipping close

and even if she did get there most likely they

would be closed

so like what was she supposed to do

at no point did deputies or anyone

offer her a ride so

again what is she supposed to do what did they

think was gonna happen

so then lettie’s

matrice’s mother she calls everyone

she’s calling everyone to see like hey have you

heard from Matrice

but she’s calling around just trying to see

maybe Matrice

like showed up somewhere

and like just didn’t let her know I don’t know

so when she’s making

these calls she’s realizing

nobody has heard from Matrice like

nobody knows

where she’s at

and she starts to kind of like

freak she’s

starts to panic

as any of us

would so then

leticia’s feeling

worried she’s feeling scared

so she and just really upset

so she calls

the sheriff station back it’s been 15 minutes

since her last call

she calls them back and she’s like I

wanna file a missing persons report on my

daughter because

nobody’s seen her nobody knows

what’s going on like I’m really worried

and she was told over the

phone that they usually wait

about 24 hours

unless there

are serious circumstances

but for the most part you

should wait 24

hours because

she might show up the police station had convinced

Leticia to just wait

she’ll show up just wait

so then back at the police station it’s

about 6 30 a m

The sheriff station they receive a

phone call from a guy

named Bill Smith

and he’s a retired reporter who

lived in an area called Monte

Nido monte Nido

it’s out there

Malibu area

but over there there’s a lot of canyons

hiking area

there’s ranches

it’s not far from the station it’s like 6

miles from the police station anyways

so this Bill guy he calls the sheriff’s office he says

there’s this

young lady she’s a slim

black woman with Afro hair walking through his backyard

those are his words according to this guy Mr

Smith he asked

the woman is she all right like

first of all you’re in my backyard but

are you all right

and she said that she was just resting

so then this guy Mr Smith

he goes back into

doing whatever it is he was doing at the time

he kind of like goes back to doing that

and then he looks out his window again

to see if she’s

still there

and she’s gone

so he called the police

because it’s not like there’s

houses like

crammed on top of one

another out there it’s like a lot of land and what not

so it’s like

where this lady come from

first of all

second of all

where is she going

3rd of all why is she in my yard

so that’s why he called the police in the

first place

cause at first I was like why do you call the police

on that but I

guess people just call the police so then a deputy

goes out to see this Bill guy and

check on to see if the woman

still there

but when the sheriff went out

there they didn’t find anybody they didn’t see anybody

who was just wandering

around they didn’t find anyone who fit the description

so that was really that so then matrice’s

mother Lettice

she arrived at the station and she finally

was like okay I need to file a missing person’s report

it’s been a couple

hours now she

still hasn’t shown up I need to file this report so

while she was there

the police officers were like oh we got a call from

this guy out in Monte

Nito we got a call from this guy out there and they

think like they spotted her out there

so then Letteece was

given directions

where this guy’s

house was or like how to get there

so Lettis she fouls the missing

persons report

and then she heads out to the area where

maybe somebody saw

a trace latisse

would say that she had that really bad gut feeling

she was like I just know something’s up something’s not

right now the area that Matrice

may have been at

it was really difficult

to get there it was extremely rugged and remote with

steep canyons difficult terrain

it wasn’t easy to

go looking for somebody

or something out there

matrice matrice’s

mother she stated that matrice

she hated walking

she did not like being out in nature and she was

deathly afraid of the dark so didn’t make sense

as to why she

would be out there

because there’s like no

street lights or anything

it was at night time it was it’s like pitch

black out there it’s just the moonlight

which is kind of

nice but like not really if you’re scared of the dark

I’m still talking why am I

still talking 48

hours after matrice’s disappearance

on September 19th that’s when the

first official

search went

ahead and some reports say it was 8 hours

after matrice’s

disappearance but the family says it was 48

hours later so

that’s like a big difference too

so they brought out a

tracking dog or the

search dogs that

smell stuff and they brought him to bill’s house

Mr Smith remember him

so they brought the

dog out there to see if he picked up matrice’s scent

in hopes that they get led in the

right direction

and the dog picks up matrice’s scent

and the dog led them up to like a nearby neighbor’s

house and then

the scent was lost

so the search lasted

about 8 hours

and then they called it off so then

4 days go by it’s now September 23rd and the case is

transferred from LAPD

Missing Persons Unit to

their robbery

homicide Division

so the first

thing that they wanted to do was examine

matrice’s car

and see if there’s any like signs or

indications of

where maybe she was going

like her plan

for the day was

phone numbers

whatever they could find

maybe they’ll find something in the car

once detectives are going

her car they come across matrice’s

phone and her wallet

which is in the car

and in her wallet was her debit card

so they check like her big

bank statements to make she’s not withdrawing

money or anything or

they go through her bank

statements and they

see like she has over $2,000 in her bank account so she

could have easily paid her Bill in the

first place if she had

been able to go get her wallet from her car

so it’s kind of like oh my gosh all this

could have just been

prevented if she

was able to go get her wallet

they also found her

journal in her car and

so they go through her journal

it would kind of help them see

maybe what her mindset was

before disappearing and a

psychologist working with LAPD speculated

that Matrice was most likely suffering from

some kind of mental illness specifically like

maybe possibly it was bipolar disorder

the media picks up the story

and they’re saying that a

young African American woman

has been arrested and brought to the sheriff’s station

and then allowed her to

leave on her own

despite questions of her mental health the arguments

quickly became a question of why

deputies didn’t offer her a ride when

just a few years

earlier Mel Gibson was arrested for a DUI

and he was brought to the same station

he was booked and

everything and then once he was released

police gave him a ride

back to his vehicle

so everyone saying like a

famous actor

Mel Gibson why are they giving him a ride and

they’re not able to give a

young woman a ride at 12 in the morning

when she has no car or wallet

or phone like

I think it’s a good

point I agree

so matrice’s family

obviously they’re really

angry plus her

heart broken like

where’s their

daughter at

where is their

daughter at

so matrice’s

mother wants to know

why her daughter was released when she had been

assured that she

would be held

and not released

until the morning the sheriff’s department

denied any knowledge

of matrice’s possible mental health issues but

there was an

email from September

20th between the station’s lieutenant

and captain

which the lieutenant

explained that

he felt she was acting unusual and uneasy

about letting her go like this is what it says in the

email and then the sheriff station

they stand by

the fact that they had no idea and they don’t have any

recollection of writing this email

there’s no way

they didn’t say this even though there was like an

email side note

side note these cases

especially when like

maybe the the police are like

the bad ones here

why don’t they just own up and say we made a

great mistake like I

I don’t get that why do they always

stand by the fact that they did

everything right

and then in the end

they don’t and then it makes them look even

worse like why do they do that

can someone explain

so due to like obvious

conflicting information

tensions were

growing between the family and law enforcement

so letteece

matrice’s mother

she hired a

civil rights attorney

several months have passed

but the family and friends

still they searched the area

they handed out flyers trying to keep and

bring awareness

about matrice’s disappearance

just reminding people to keep

their eyes open

and don’t forget

about her and then January 9th

2010 so 4 months after the


authorities volunteers

search and rescue teams

totaling to about

250 individuals they

searched the area that Matrice was last seen

they were looking for anything a shoelace

clothing crumbs

they were just looking for anything

that would hopefully

give them some answers and

nothing not a shred of evidence was found

shortly after the

search for Matrice

Michael matrice’s real father

he’s driving

out to Las Vegas

he reports seeing Matrice

and he alleges to have seen her working as a prostitute

and speculates

that she may have been recruited by someone

she met through

the Playboy Mansion or

dancing at her job

and then according to Michael

he says that he called out her name

he was yelling matrice

matrice and he runs

after her but the

woman whoever it was

she ran off into the crowd

but Michael was like I saw her I know I did

so March 29th

which is like 6 months

after the disappearance

matrice’s family is brought in

to the sheriff’s station

sheriff’s department

to be shown

the surveillance footage

now they’ve

been asking for this footage for a long time

but the police officers constantly said over and over

again that there was no surveillance cameras and that

they have cameras in the station but they don’t record

they’re just there to monitor

they kept telling the family over and over

again there is no

there is no footage there is nothing

nothing at all

they magically find this footage

cause yeah civil

Rights Attorney was like really pushing for it heavy

so good for them

so frustrating

because if they didn’t have an attorney or somebody

I don’t know but they probably

wouldn’t have seen the footage

anyway so out of thin air

this footage appeared

magically appears poof

they have footage

oh weird they

watch the footage and they see that okay like

Matrice is acting

really weird

she’s holding onto the cell bars and she’s like

swaying her body from side to side

she looked like she was really agitated

annoyed her family says her behavior

is abnormal

she’s acting it’s obvious

like she’s acting very strange

and the sheriff’s department

disagree they’re like no she looked normal to us

that’s why we released her but

based off the footage the official release time was

about 12 28 am

the jailer walks around the door

and as the jailer is reentering another deputy

can be seen exiting the

building the family had been told that

no deputies were present at the time of her release

and now they

begin to wonder like hey

did this deputy

give her a ride

did he have

something to do with it did he see something like

where’s this guy at

so then the deputy that was seen leaving he was

interviewed or

asked questions

and he said I didn’t see her leaving I don’t remember

these skies are

super helpful

now in June a former friend of matrice’s believes he

spotted her

in Las Vegas as well

so according to this guy he

saw her in a casino he called

out her name she appeared nervous and then ran away so

since this is 2 times now someone spotted her or

thinks they spotted her in Las Vegas

investigators were sent out there to


more than 70 people had reported seeing Matrice

there but after looking around and

investigating questioning people they

did not come across her and they

couldn’t seem to find

where she could

be at so that was the end of that so then August 9

2010 2 park rangers were out there in that Monte

Nito place nido

and then they’re like walking around

hiking this

area extremely difficult to walk in this area and it’s

known as the Dark Canyon

and it’s incredibly

steep it’s difficult

to maneuver through this Canyon like they

do not recommend

anybody really go out there

cause it’s rough

okay during

their descent they kind of discover

what seems to be

a body they see a skull with

curls of dark hair

still attached

nearby there were

women’s clothing

the remains

later would be confirmed to be

those of Matrice

so matrice’s

right leg was located

about 6ft up

from the Canyon from

where her body had been

found and then there were no

signs of animals having

found or disturbed the body

her left arm was flexed

tightly and what baffles

law enforcement officials is the idea that Matrice

could have been

lying in that Canyon for nearly a year

and yet no animals

found her her body seemed undisturbed this

particular area

I mean they have coyotes they have scavenger birds

so that’s suspicious

also this area

where matrice’s remains were

found it’s very

difficult to get there so the corner like couldn’t

get up there

with their car

apparently they had to take matrice’s

by a helicopter

and they weren’t able to get

pictures of how matrice

her body and her remains were found

luckily one of the park ranger guys he actually took a

photo on his cell phone

and that was like the

photo that was used

to see the scene

so according

to the medical examiner there was no signs of

trauma to the body

no outward signs of physical violence

nothing to explain

what happened

her cause of

death is ruled to be undetermined

the only clothing that was recovered was

her jeans and a belt

and bra 2 of her

shirts were missing

socks underwear

shoes they were all missing they weren’t

located like around the

area at all police said animals must have gone to them

so what they’re

saying is animals now know how to undress people

you better watch out you guys

next time you’re out camping a coyote

might try and take off your

clothes I’m being facetious

because why

wouldn’t they mess with

the body if it’s been almost like a year now

just doesn’t make any

sense so Letteece

matrice’s mother

decided to hire a forensic anthropologist

so he takes a look at the

photographs that were

taken when they

found matresa’s

and remember they were

taken on a cell

phone because they couldn’t get proper

photos of the

scene and what not

when they originally

found matrice’s body her

skull was completely detached

and it was resting

upside on the

upper torso

5 of her neck bones were not recovered

so it’s hard to believe her body was

still intact which

was what the sheriff and lieutenants were saying

when they found her body

everything was like untouched

but they were lying

we don’t know why why are you lying

and then the forensic anthropologist had a

great deal of questions

about the way matrice’s remains

were discovered in an interview he was explained that

the left arm it was like flexed and it was like in a

weird position something that

would not happen if you

died the way she had supposedly died

he knew like it

could not be created by environmental conditions

where the body was

found there was nothing present to hold her arm in

such a position that was

defying gravity

and he says the initial assumption

should have been homicide

and the scene

should have been

treated as such

for example

matrice’s hair wasn’t examined at all

some hair was

still attached to her skull

but other hairs were

found nearby

there were some reports that said it was like her hair

and there were some

other reports that said it was like

someone else’s hair but an earring was

found tangled up in her hair as well

and it was not attached to her body

but it was an earring which

Matrice was not

reported to be wearing at the time that she vanished

that wasn’t examined at all

and then matrice’s

remains and

clothing were not examined for

fibers or hairs related to the possible suspect

the surrounding area wasn’t

checked for

blood he noticed that matrice’s

teeth had a pinkish hue to them

which could suggest

strangulation but the neck bones

are necessary to determine

if it was a strangulation but they were

never recovered no one knows

where her neck bones are

so then July

2011 matrice’s body was exhumed and

it was brought to the LA sheriff’s Department crime lab

for examination the corner came to the same conclusion

which was undetermined

cause of death and no signs of homicide which

why I don’t know so this

upsets the family as it

should lettis and Michael

they both separately

filed lawsuits

against the LA sheriff’s Department

which was settled

and both of them were awarded a good amount of

money the sheriff’s Department they do not and

will not seem to

admit that they did any

wrongdoing on their part

so the family reached out

to California Attorney

general’s office asking

them to review the sheriff’s department’s handling

of the case

in 2016 they

state that they were

going to begin

criminal investigation

in connection with the case and after

a year long investigation

they concluded insufficient

evidence to support

a criminal prosecution

for destruction alteration

or concealment

of evidence

so the family was trying to sue

the sheriff’s department for

not doing the

right thing

okay I mean they originally

were trying to

hide the fact

that they had security footage they let Matrice out

even though

multiple people say that Matrice was acting

weird or seemed

mentally ill

they let her go without her phone

wallet anything

so yes I think they

should be in

trouble for that come on this

could have all been prevented

so it was later

explained that

sadly even if they had

discovered evidence

to prosecute

the people involved at

the sheriff’s

station there

would be little that they

could do because

the statue of

limitation it ran out in 2014

think the family just honestly wanted closure

and for people to be held accountable

which they deserve

so there are many people who believe

that there are answers as to what happened to Matrice

and they’re out there but someone has to know the truth

and hopefully someone will

speak up and come

forward and say what happened for now there are just

theories as to what happened that are

floating around there’s a lot of theories there’s some

theories that say the police department was trying to

cover up some kind of

bigger involvement with something

but I couldn’t

quite find like an

answer as to

what they were hiding

but that was

one theory another theory is just that Matrice

was suffering from a mental illness

she went down into that Canyon and she died

and then another theory is that

the LA Sheriff Department played a role

in matrice’s death

some people believe that letting her go was purely

negligent while

others believe

the investigation itself may have been a mass

cover up to conceal criminal acts by the deputies

and then the

final theory suggests that matrice’s

death was a homicide and that Matrice

may have come across someone who offered her a ride

and then she was

later murdered

or when she approached the dark Canyon area someone

maybe like saw her

or found her

or they were down there too and then they

killed her if Matrice had simply been

held in jail

or held in the office or

given a ride home

his story would be

completely different the family hopes that

they will somehow

find a way to obtain the answers and get justice for

their daughter

and yeah that’s the story

about matrice

about how shitty that police department is

and how they hold

no responsibility for what they did

if you know anything

about what had happened to Matrice

I’ll leave in the description box

below maybe

where you can

reach out and speak up I

should probably do that with all of the stories I talk

about which I will okay

good call anyways

um so this story is odd like what happened to Matrice

nobody knows

the location

where she was

found it’s so

hard to get to that area I feel like there’s no way she

would have just wandered over there

and if she did wander over there why

weren’t the animals and

like how was her body

still in such

like quote unquote like good condition

when it has been out there for almost a year

I don’t know like

where the neighbors looked at more heavily

it seems like the

police department didn’t even want to deal with it so

anyways I would love to hear your theories on what you

think may have happened

thank you guys so much for hanging out with me

today I hope

that you have a really good day you make good choices

please be safe out there and

I never know how to end

these because it’s always like a really sad

story and then I’m like bye but

other than that I’ll be seeing you guys very soon bye

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