LOS ANGELES (NNPA) - More than 90 days after her disappearance, Michael Richardson, father of Mitrice Richardson, has announced that he's selling his two custom designed cars in an effort to raise money to independently search for his daughter's whereabouts. Mitrice Richardson, 24, a Cal State Fullerton graduate, mysteriously disappeared following her Sept. 17 predawn release from a sheriff's substation near Malibu where she was booked for allegedly failing to pay a restaurant bill and possession of personal use marijuana.
For sale is a 1966 fully restored pearl white classic Chevy Impala. He's also put up for sale his 1999 customized Cadillac Escalade that includes a sound system, interior video system, and custom rims. Mr. Richardson, who recently dropped out of school to go back to working one full time job and one part time job seven days a week, says that during this economic recession, he's had to creatively figure out ways to make ends meet. Concerned with finding his daughter before the Christmas holiday, he made a difficult decision to put his two cars up for sale to help cover the costs
"I worked very hard and saved my money over the years to buy these cars," explains Richardson. "It was a hobby of mine to customize them both. But with Mitrice missing for almost three months and there being no news regarding her disappearance, I feel it's time for my family to make some sacrifices in an effort to find her. Selling my cars is one way to bring in the money that we need to do so."
Richardson, who works as Eligibility Manager managing state and Federal medical insurance at the Saban Free Clinic and as an Emergency Registration representative for the Whittier Presbyterian Inter-Community Hospital, says that even working two jobs is not enough in this economy to make it. And with added burden of trying to find his daughter, he's willing to do whatever it takes to bring Mitrice home.
"People don't understand that life doesn't pause when your child is missing," Richardson continues. "My wife and I are still expected to go to work everyday, smile, pay our bills, and still make time to search for Mitrice. It's hard for working families who don't have a child missing, so imagine what life is like for families who do."
The cars have been posted on craigslist.com and Richardson is hoping to make enough money from the sales of both vehicles to aide in an independent search for his daughter. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department recently elevated the search for Mitrice Richardson to a homicide investigation freeing up more county law enforcement resources in the search.
For more information on the disappearance of Mitrice Richardson, please visit www.bringmitricehome.org . For more information on the sale of Mr. Richardson's vehicles, please visit craigslist.com, keywords, Central L.A./Cars and trucks by owners.
More on the 1966 Chevy Impala: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/1508097049.html
More on the 1999 Cadillac Escalade: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/cto/1508109921.html