Name: Kristi Lynn Richardson
Age: 61 years old
Last seen: October 6, 2014
Location: Casper, Wyoming
Status: Still missing
61 year old Kristi Richardson was last seen in Casper Wyoming, on October 6, 2014. She was last seen that evening at her home on east 24th street, and hasn’t been heard from since.
Kristi Lynn Richardson was born on June 28, 1952. She married her high school sweet heart, Ronald Richardson, on May 27, 1972. They had two children which they raised in Casper, Wyoming. Ron passed away on April 26, 2013.
At the time of her disappearance, Kristi was running Richardson Trucking, located in the 6800 block of west Yellowstone Highway. The company, which she started with her late husband back in 1979, became one of the most well known and respected oil field trucking companies in the area.
Kristi Lynn Richardson was last seen at her home on east 24th Street in Casper, Wyoming on the evening of October 6, 2014 at approximately 7:45 pm.
When she failed to show up for work the next morning at 7:15 am, her family and co-workers knew something was wrong.
Kristi’s daughter Amber and her husband Pete drove to her home, only to find Kristi’s car still parked inside the garage. After being unable to locate her inside they called the police.
Kristi’s home was found locked, with none of her vehicles missing. Her cell phone was found on her bed, and her purse (which contained about $700 in cash) and identification were found on the kitchen counter.
The garage door opener she usually kept in her purse was missing, and her bed sheets were stained with what looked like blood or urine.
It is believed Kristi disappeared sometime between 7:45 – 11:30 pm from her home on the evening of October 6, 2014. Phone records show Kristi took a routine phone call at 7:45 pm that night, but the next call to her phone which came at 11:00 pm went unanswered.
After looking through the trucking company’s financial records, authorities found love letters addressed to Kristi from an employee of hers, a married man named Bud Boyles.
Kristi had told her husband about the letters, who then confronted Boyles, however the letters didn’t stop. She never contacted authorities about the letters, but did keep them all in Bud’s employee file.
According to Kristi’s children, Boyles quit his trucking job days before she disappeared, adding that Kristi had become increasingly afraid of him in the days leading up to her disappearance.
Boyles was interviewed by authorities multiple times, and has denied being in her neighborhood on the night she disappeared.
Through phone records, authorities were able to determine he was not in her neighborhood before 8:00 pm, though his whereabouts between 8:15 – 11:00 pm have never been verified.
Bud Boyles has never been charged in Kristi’s disappearance, though authorities agree the letters seem to express an extreme obsession and escalating anger.
Police Department Sued Over Handling of Case
In May 2017, the media company Lovcom Inc. sued the City of Casper over it’s handling of Kristi’s disappearance, questioning whether the suicide of businessman Mick McMurray in March of 2015 may have been related to her case.
“Upon information and belief, the city’s attorney’s office and the police department were aware of information alleging a relationship between McMurry and Richardson. It is unknown if law enforcement officials investigated whether the information was accurate, or they interviewed McMurry or others about the information.”
The suit also raised questions about former Casper police chief Jim Wetzel’s denial of requests for the records of the Richardson and McMurry cases.
A week after the Lovvom lawsuit was filed, the new police chief asked the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations to look into McMurray’s suicide.
No further details have publicly released regarding the possibility of the cases being connected, though Kristi’s daughter says she has no personal knowledge of any connection between her mother and Mick McMurray.
The circumstances surrounding Kristi’s disappearance remains unknown. Authorities admit she went missing under suspicious circumstances, however her case is still being investigated as a missing person’s case rather than a crime.
Her family believes she may have met with foul play, and are offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) responsible.
White female born on June 28, 1952. Kristi has graying auburn hair, brown eyes, stands 5’4 and weighs 115 pounds.
She was last seen wearing denim capri pants, a solid color shirt, and flats. She may have also had a brown University of Wyoming Cowboys sweatshirt with a gold bucking horse logo on the back.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Kristi Lynn Richardson please contact the Casper Police Department at (307) 235-8202.
Her family is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) responsible for her disappearance.
Resources & Further Information
Kristi Lynn Richardson – NamUS
Help Find Kris Richardson – Facebook
Kristi Lynn Richardson – The Charley Project
News & Media Links
Richardson Family Renews Appeal to Find Their Missing Mother Kristi – K2Radio
Wyoming Woman Disappears After Receiving Love Letters From Ex-Employee – True Crime Daily
Wyoming Launches New Missing Persons Database – Oil City News
Attorney General: Case of Missing Casper Woman is Open and Active – K2Radio
Police Looking at Case of Missing Kristi Richardson From All Sides – K2Radio
Mystery Surrounds Disappearance of Wyoming Grandmother – Fox News
Wayne Van der Schaaff says
Would she have told her family if she had entered into a contract with another party , but told nobody else until it had been confirmed ,or also in the form of a take over bid ? .
Within the industry have others gained from her disappearance , and the business losing contracts ? .
Who is managing the business at present , and who in particular has the most to gain in regards to the business ? .
Were there any outside director ‘ s or only family ? .
Leading up to her disappearance was there any form of ill – feeling amongst the staff or did anybody resign during this period ? .