Family Website: http://www.wallacerichards.com/Family search goes on for missing Berkeley man, 23
By Kristin Bender, STAFF WRITER
BERKELEY Family and friends of a 23-year-old Berkeley man who vanished six days ago have posted hundreds of missing person fliers in hopes that someone has a clue to his whereabouts.
Wallace Arthur Manasseh Richards has not been seen since 11 a.m. Thursday (November 10), when he dropped off a friend at her job at Larry Flynt's Hustler Club on Kearny Street in San Francisco.
Richards was driving the friend's 2003 Mercedes Benz C240 because he had agreed to take it to the dealer for an oil change. He was supposed to return to the club at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to pick her up from work.
He never showed up and has not been seen or heard from since.
"That's not like Wallace, he's really trustworthy. If a friend asks him to do a favor, he does it," said his mother, Belinda Richards, from her Berkeley home where she has run a day care center for 20 years.
Wallace Richards is a 2000 graduate of Berkeley High School who was set to re-enroll at San Francisco State University to become a television cameraman, his mother said.
Family members filed a missing persons report Saturday with the Berkeley Police Department, which is investigating the case. Officer Steve Rego, a spokesman for the department, said detectives called the disappearance "a bit out of character for the guy."
His family and friends said Richards does not use drugs and rarely drinks alcohol. Police records show he was arrested once in 2001 for grand theft. His mother said the arrest stemmed from his unknowingly buying a stolen motorcycle on the Internet. The case was never prosecuted.
"I'm not saying he's perfect, but when he's in trouble, he calls me," Belinda Richards said.
She called her son's disappearance "very odd" and a first for him. She said she has no idea where he might be.
"If I know, I'd go and get him," she said, fighting back tears. She said her son lives at her Berkeley home but owns a home with a friend in American Canyon, near Vallejo.
She said she last saw him Nov. 9, when he was headed to San Francisco State to meet with a counselor.
"My gut is telling me that he is hurt and he can't get home," she said.
Belinda Richards is upset the LoJack car security system in the Mercedes will not be activated for at least another week because the owner of the car gave Richards the keys, and it is not considered stolen.
Richard's girlfriend, Sabrina Ford, 23, is organizing the effort to find her boyfriend and has recruited friends to help post fliers.
Richards is African American with a medium-brown complexion. He is 6 feet 3 inches tall and about 235 pounds.Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Berkeley police at 510-981-5900.
Print a poster http://www.projectjason.org/aan/AAN_WallaceRichards.pdf