Girl missing from treatment facility found
June 9, 2014
A 16-year-old girl with a history of depression sought treatment after nearly a week on the run from a Placerville residential treatment facility.
Amy Richard, 16, was reported missing to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office the morning of June 3.
Police suspected that she would attempt to get to the San Francisco area where her parents and sisters live.
She hadn’t told her family members her plans, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.
She was found on June 8 in the San Francisco area. She trekked from Placerville through Sacramento on a bicycle and made her way to a Bay Area Rapid Transit station and traveled into San Francisco. Once there, she contacted the staff at a Starbucks Coffee shop in San Francisco, where she asked for medical assistance. Eventually, she was admitted into a Bay Area hospital, and her current condition is unknown, officers said.
According to the sheriff’s office, she stuffed her bed to make it appear she was asleep under the covers. She had removed the window screen and stored it under her roommate’s bed.
Amy also left a note to reassure staff members saying she had planned to leave and that she would be safe. She did not, however, have any money or a cell phone.
Amy was considered at risk due to her health conditions. Sheriff John D’Agostini said detectives initiated the investigation, coordinating efforts with the Polly Klaas Foundation and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Both organizations circulated flyers to assist in finding her.
“These resources provided to the public clearly did their job in raising awareness of the girl’s situation,” said El Dorado County Lt. Tim Becker. “The public did their best to assist the detectives working on this case, and their reports managed to accurately follow her path of travel, impressing the detectives working on the case.”