Columbia, South Carolina resident Anita Middleton Richardson was last seen on August 15, 2003. On that day, Anita visited her cousin’s residence at the Churchill Apartments to celebrate a baby shower. Things took a turn when Anita and her husband, Robert Richardson Jr., got into a fiery argument. Upset, Anita stormed out of the party. Richard was considered by Anita’s family to be abusive. Anita’s family couldn’t get in contact with her that evening or the next day. For months, Anita’s family hadn’t heard from her, and eventually, on October 10, her sister Natalie Middleton filed an official missing person report. Then, someone spotted her missing 1994 green Ford Mustang. It was in St. Marys, Georgia, with her husband’s sister behind the wheel. When authorities learned of the news, Anita’s case shifted to a potential homicide.
“That one put the icing on the cake,” Natalie told Fox 57 News. “Before that, we didn’t really know nothing before that. But for the sister to have the car in Georgia?”
Richard was questioned by police but according to The Charley Project, he wasn’t named as a suspect. The husband claimed that his wife left him after their last argument and he hadn’t had any contact with her since. Not long after Anita went missing, Richard stopped paying rent at their apartment and moved before two eviction notices were left on the door. The home was vacant, but food was still in the refrigerator and Anita’s personal belongings were left behind. “This included a television set, a video cassette recorder, a mattress and Richardson’s clothes,” writes TCP.
Anita’s father, Charles Wideman, doesn’t believe that his daughter is alive, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to know what happened to his child. Back in 2014, Charles told Fox 57 News that he wasn’t happy with what he believes was a “lack of action” by South Carolina authorities. Anita has been listed as being 24-years-old when she went missing, an age that Charles claimed was incorrect. However, in his interview, he didn’t state what Anita’s accurate age was.
The family of Anita Middleton Richardson believes that Richard Richardson Jr. is responsible for her death, but they don’t have the evidence to prove it. They claimed that Richard never contacted them in an effort to find Anita.
At the time of her disappearance, Anita was described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall and 135 pounds. She had black/dark brown hair and brown eyes. Both of her ears are pierced. Her middle name is listed as Quatina and she may go by the nickname Q.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at 803-576-3000 or their local authorities.
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