Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Richardson was last seen in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona on July 2, 2001. Richardson went into the woods about five miles behind Moqui Lodge south of the Grand Canyon.
There was supposed to be a party out in the woods that night. He went with three men, all between 18 and 21. Some time after that, Richardson disappeared, and he hasnít been seen or heard from since. The initial investigation by county detectives determined that Richardson had helped look for two of the men who had wandered off into the woods.
Richardson had run away from home before, and investigators believed at the time it was possible he had hitched a ride out of the woods to try to run away again. By the time he was missing for two weeks, a search party 150 strong began combing the 64 square miles of the area where Richardson was last seen with helicopters, dogs, and searchers on foot and in vehicles.
Richardson lived with his father in Tusayan at the time; his mother lived in Flagstaff. Detectives learned that Richardson was outgoing and popular, and had free rein of his familyís home in Tusayan. He had many friends was a party of many different groups of people. Richardson had been abusing drugs and alcohol for the better part of a year before he went missing. His family reported him missing.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Coconino County Sheriff's Department
National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
AZ Daily Sun