UPDATE: Teen found
Amy Richards, 16, was located yesterday in the San Francisco area.
Amy had used a bicycle to travel from Placerville through Sacramento and eventually to a Bay Area Rapid Transit station. She then used BART to travel into San Francisco and eventually contacted the staff at a Starbucks Coffee shop in San Francisco, where she asked for medical assistance. Emergency medical personnel responded and Amy was eventually admitted into a Bay Area hospital. Her current condition is unknown.
On Tuesday, June 3, just before 7 a.m., a Placerville residential treatment facility reported Amy was missing.
Amy was last seen at the group home facility in Placerville at approximately 2 a.m. It is unknown what time she left as she had stuffed her bed to make it appear she was in the bed asleep. The window screen had been removed from her bedroom window and left under her roommate’s bed. Amy left a note advising this and saying she had planned to leave and that she would be safe; however, Amy had no money and no cell phone.
Amy had just been released from the hospital days earlier for severe anorexia. She has been refusing her medication and had recently lost more weight. It was likely she was going to be readmitted into the hospital. Amy also suffers from anxiety, depression and has a history of cutting.
El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives were very impressed with the assistance they received from the media and the public. Detective Horn stated he received numerous reports of possible sightings of Amy during her travels and, although he could not locate her at the time of the reports, it was amazing how accurately the reports followed her path of travel.