Saturday, December 13, 2014

THE CURIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF KRISTI RICHARDSON

[Editorial note: Although there are some obvious differences between the case of Jack Gordon and the case I am about to relate, there are also some astounding similarities. Reading some of the accounts of Kristi Richardson's disappearance we were struck by the emotions expressed by her family, to a degree that brought back memories of thoughts that passed through our minds when we were searching for Jack, back in 2008.  Our prayers go out for Kristi's family, asking that they find some answers.]


Disappeared without a trace-  On October 7, 2014, 61-year-old Kristi Richardson of Casper, WY did not show up for work at the family trucking company.  Her daughter and son-in-law went to Kristi's nearby house fearing that she may have taken ill.  What they found was an unoccupied house. Kristi's cars were in the garage.  Her purse was on the counter (with $800 cash still in it).  Her cell phone was in the bedroom.  However, Kristi was nowhere to be found.  She was last seen by family on October 6 2014, when she dropped by her daughter's house to deliver a birthday card. Over two months later, the curious disappearance of Kristi Richardson remains a mystery.




Here is the full story as told by Kristi's daughter to the Casper Star-Tribune. An excerpt:


   The phone rang as Amber ate breakfast with her husband, Pete, in the kitchen of their Casper home. On the other line was a dispatcher from Richardson Trucking, the business started by Amber’s parents, Kristi and Ron, in 1979. Kristi, the dependable boss who arrived at 7:15 every morning, hadn’t shown up to work.  Amber and Pete drove the half mile to Kristi’s home on East 24th Street, an affluent neighborhood where the homes have pillars and three-car garages. Amber opened the garage and noticed none of the cars was missing.
   “I started screaming for her,” Amber said. “When I first went in, I thought I would find her in bed, ill, or the thought of her taking her life came across my head, just because I didn’t have any other explanation.”  Pete went straight to Kristi’s bedroom. Amber found her mother’s purse on the kitchen counter, a cellphone missing from the bag. She used her own phone to dial her mom and heard Pete shout from her mother’s room.  The phone was in Kristi’s bed, which police say was stained with what appeared to be blood and urine. Police have not confirmed what caused the stains.


BACKGROUND- 
  • Ron and Kristi Richardson were married in 1972.
  • They founded a family business- Richardson Trucking Inc. in 1979. 
  • Based in Casper, the company's major business involved support for the oil fields, hauling camphouses, drilling rigs, pipe, etc.
  • The Richardsons were big boosters of University of Wyoming Cowboy athletics. 
  • Ron Richardson died in April, 2013, and Mrs. Richardson remained involved in running the business
  • A mysterious fire broke out at Richardson Trucking Inc. in November 2013. 
  • Mrs. Richardson's father died at age 88 in June, 2014. According to his obituary, he spent much time in his later years hanging around the trucking company offices and was well-liked.
  • Kristi lived in a nice neighborhood in Casper, a short distance from her daughter.
  
 
TIMELINE OF KRISTI'S DISAPPEARANCE
  • Afternoon of Oct. 6 -- Kristi drove to her daughter's nearby home to drop off a birthday card for her daughter.
  • 7:45 p.m. Oct. 6 -- Richardson took a routine phone call from one of her drivers.
  • 11:00 p.m. Oct 6 -- A call from a business contact went unanswered.
  • 7:45 a.m. Oct. 7 -- Richardson does not show up for work, daughter contacted
  • ~8:00 a.m. Oct. 8 -- Richardson's daughter and son-in-law arrive at Kristi's house to find her missing.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
Mrs. Richardson is described as 5'4" tall, weighing less than 100 lbs.  She may have been wearing a University of Wyoming sweatshirt at the time of her disappearance.
 
SETTING:
Casper, Wyoming is a town of 55,000 in central Wyoming.  Interstate 25, the major north-south interstate in the Rocky Mountain region passes through Casper. There has been a boom in oil and gas exploration and production in the last few years.
 
CONTACT INFORMATION:
Anyone with information regarding the mysterious disappearance of Kristi Richardson is urged to call Casper Police Department at 307-235-8278.

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