Leroy Price’s body found

Authorities in Kentucky have identified the remains they found under a rock ledge this past April. It’s Leroy Price, whom I had listed on Charley (still do, but I will remove him next update). He was 54 years old when he disappeared from his home in Pulaski County, Kentucky on April 21, 2003.

Although the cause of death is unknown, it doesn’t appear to be foul play. It looks like Price died of natural causes or possibly exposure.

Remains found in a canyon in Malibu; are they Mitrice Richardson’s?

I’ve written a couple of times about Mitrice Richardson, who was arrested on minor charges in Los Angeles last September and vanished without a trace after she was released from police custody and left the station in the middle of the night with no cell phone, money or ride home. Her parents, her mother in particular, have blamed the police for her disappearance, saying they should not have let her go. But they are both hopeful she’s alive and lately her father’s been chasing Mitrice sightings in Las Vegas.

Well, human remains have been found in a canyon in Malibu, California, only a few miles from the police substation where Mitrice was last seen, raising speculation that they could be hers. The Los Angeles Times quotes an unnamed law enforcement source saying the bones are from a woman and women’s clothing was found at the scene.

In spite of this, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (the ones who let Mitrice go on the night of her disappearance) says he doesn’t think the bones are hers. I am a bit suspicious of this statement, which sounds like damage control to me. If he had a specific reason for thinking the bones weren’t hers — like, if they appeared to be from someone older, or taller, or something — that would be one things. But he doesn’t say anything like that, just that there are lots of people besides Mitrice missing in the area.

In any case, we should know soon whether Mitrice has been found or whether the cops need to start looking at other missing persons cases.

June Collard remains probably found

Earlier this month, the husband of June Marion Collard was charged with her murder. She disappeared without a trace back in 1980 in New York, while in the process of a divorce from her husband Thomas.

Well, human remains have been found on Thomas’s former property on Wilson Road in Minerva, New York. (He was living in Alabama when he got arrested.) Three guesses as to whose they are, and the first two don’t count.