Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Lawrence was last seen on April 9, 2007 when he was last seen with Anthony Richards, who was 44 in 2007. The two men were seen together in Salome and Wickenburg on that day at two different gold mining stores. Powers and Richards were also seen the day before at the LDMA (Lost Dutchman's Mining Association's) camp in Stanton, Arizona. Powers and Richards were partners in the Big Nugget mining claim near Bagdad, Arizona, at the time Powers went missing.
In June 2007, friends of Powers reported him missing. Deputies learned that Powers had a joint mining claim outside of Bagdad with Richards. A missing person’s report had also been filed by Powers’ family members in California with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, as Powers’ home is located in the town of Murphys, California.
Purchases were discovered on Powers’ credit card that directly benefitted Richards.
Powers’ family members expressed concerned about his wellbeing and suspected Richards of foul play. In the weeks that followed, more claims from Powers’ friends concerning his safety in light of his relationship with Richards were documented.
Part of the investigation involved the criminal use of Powers’ identity by Richards to buy merchandise using Power’s credit card. Powers was declared as presumed dead by the California Superior Court in 2012.
A lengthy investigation over the next period of years resulted in a 23-count indictment against Richards for charges including trafficking in stolen property belonging to Powers, theft of a handgun belonging to Powers, theft of Powers’ credit card, forgery, and 19 counts of identity theft for use of Powers’ credit to complete purchases in three different states. A majority of the charges were made after Powers’ reported disappearance.
A warrant was issued and Richards was arrested in the area of Terrebonne, Oregon, on May 5, 2016.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Calaveras County Sheriff's Office
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office