D.C. Council to Examine Homeless Shelter Safety After Girl's Disappearance

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    The D.C. Council is examining safety procedures at the city's family homeless shelter following the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl who was living there with her mother and brothers.

    The D.C. Council is examining safety procedures at the city's family homeless shelter following the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl who was living there with her mother and brothers.

    Police say Relisha Rudd was last seen March 1. She was believed to be in the company of a janitor at the shelter, Kahlil Tatum. Police have charged Tatum with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife, whose body was found in a Maryland motel room the morning after authorities started searching for Relisha.

    Police searched for Relisha in a park in northeast Washington on Thursday, calling it a "recovery operation.''

    "We cannot ignore the possibility that [Tatum] may have killed her," D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said during a press conference. "Given the circumstances right now, we are fearful of leaving any stones unturned."

    Investigators say Tatum was seen purchasing a shovel, trash bags and lime earlier this month. The search within Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens -- a heavily wooded area -- could take weeks, police said.

    Friday's D.C. Council hearing is meant to review procedures to ensure the safety of residents at the homeless shelter, especially children.

    A $70,000 reward is being offered by the FBI and Prince George's County Police for information leading to Relisha and Tatum. Call 911 if you have seen either of them.

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