Ian Ashley Richardson

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Left: Richardson, circa 1992;
Right: Age-progression to age 34 (circa 2010)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 30, 1992 from Denver, Colorado
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 19, 1976
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Richardson was last seen on April 30, 1992 in Denver, Colorado. He lived in the northern section of the city, in the area of Lowell Boulevard and west 29th Avenue. He also frequented the Idaho Springs area. He has never been heard from again.

    John Taylor is the prime suspect in Richardson's disappearance. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. In 2009, he was charged with sexually abusing two other boys. He pleaded guilty in October of that year and was sentenced to twelve years in prison. Taylor admitted he had had a sexual relationship with Richardson, starting when the boy was thirteen and continuing until the time he disappeared. Taylor was in his forties at the time. In 1991, Richardson told the police that Taylor had sexually abused him during a camping trip in 1989, and again in 1990. Richardson was charged with child sex abuse and harboring a runaway, but the charges were dismissed after Richardson called Taylor's defense attorney and recanted his story. In 1992, Richardson accused Taylor of circumcising him while he was passed out under the influence of alcohol; Taylor claimed the teen had done it to himself while drunk. Richardson told a counselor that Taylor had threatened to harm him and his family if he testified against him. He allegedly punched Taylor in the face later that year and was charged with assault in juvenile court. Then he disappeared.

    At some point after Richardson's disappearance, Taylor claimed he had committed suicide. In 2002, a friend of Taylor's went to the police and said Taylor told him he had shot Richardson to death and "chemically cremated" his body. Taylor, who is a chemist, maintains his innocence in Richardson's disappearance and says he's being framed.

    Foul play is suspected in Richardson's case. His disappearance remains unsolved.

    Above: John Taylor, circa 2009


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Denver Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    9 News
    Colorado Department of Corrections


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 21, 2011; age-progression updated.

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