Despite numerous reported sightings, El Dorado County sheriff’s officials say the search continues for a 16-year-old girl who went missing Tuesday from a Placerville residential care facility.
Amy Richards is considered at-risk due to health conditions. Sheriff’s officials said she was recently hospitalized for treatment of severe anorexia, and suffers from anxiety and depression.
Richards was last seen at a group home facility at 2 a.m. Tuesday. It is not known what time she left because she had stuffed her bed to make it appear she was still in bed asleep. She left a note saying that she had planned to leave and that she would be safe, but she had no money and no cell phone.
Sheriff’s officials said reports have been received of possible sightings of Richards in an wide range of areas. Although she could not have been in all those areas, search and rescue canine units have been deployed multiple times and in various areas. Detectives also are working with other agencies, but nothing has been corroborated that indicates Richards’ current location, officials said.
Detectives ask people to check out buildings on their property and to stay alert. People who think they may have seen Richards are asked to call the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at (530) 621-6600 or Detective Rich Horn at (530) 642-4715.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.