PLACERVILLE— The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a missing 16-year-old girl. Detectives say on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Amy Richards was reported missing from a Placerville residential treatment facility.
Richards was last seen at the group home facility at approximately 2:00 a.m. It is unknown at what time she left the facility as she had stuffed her bed to make it appear she was asleep. The window screen had been removed from her bedroom window and left under her roommate’s bed.
Richards left a note saying she had planned to leave and that she would be safe. However, she had no money or cell phone. Richards had just been released from the hospital days earlier for severe anorexia but had been refusing her medication and had recently lost more weight. It was likely she was going to be readmitted into the hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Richards also suffers from anxiety, depression and has a history of cutting. She is considered at-risk due to her health conditions,
Her family has not had contact with her and does not know where she is headed. Her parents and sister live in San Francisco and detectives say she could be attempting to get back to the Bay Area.
Richards is a white female, five-foot-five and approximately 100 pounds. She has blue eyes and waist-length blond hair. It is unknown what she was wearing at the time she left the facility, but she had been wearing jeans and a T-shirt earlier. She may be carrying a light blue satchel-type purse and has more than 30 scars on her inner forearm from cutting.
Sheriff John D’Agostini’s detectives have initiated an investigation and are coordinating efforts with the Polly Klaas Foundation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Both organizations will be circulating flyers to assist in locating Richards. If you have any information, please call the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at (530) 621-6600 or Detective Rich Horn at (530) 642-4715.
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