A Placerville residential treatment facility reported an at-risk 16-year-old girl went missing Tuesday morning.
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The report was made to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office that Amy Richards had gone missing just before 7 a.m., a press release announced. She had last been seen at a group home facility in Placerville around 2 a.m. Having stuffed her bed to make it appear she was asleep, it is unknown what time she left.
The window screen in her bedroom had been removed and left under her roommate’s bed. She left a note stating she had planned to leave and that she would be safe. She had no cash or money.
Richards had recently been released from the hospital days earlier for severe anorexia. She had been refusing medication and was likely to be readmitted to the hospital, having lost more weight. She suffers from anxiety and depression, and has a history of cutting. She is considered at-risk.
Her family has not had contract with her, nor do they know where she is headed. It is possible she could be heading for San Francisco, where her sister and mother live.
Richards is described as a white female; 5 feet, 5 inches tall; approximately 100 pounds; blue eyes; waist-length blond hair. While it is unknown what she was wearing when she left, she had previously been wearing jeans and a t-shirt. She may have a light blue satchel-like purse. She has more than 30 scars on her forearm from cutting.
If you see Richards or have any information on her whereabouts, you are asked to call The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 530-621-6600 or Detective Rich Horn at 530-642-4715.