Police: Man Sought in Girl's Disappearance Had Contact With Other Girls

Man being sought in Relisha Rudd's disappearance had bought large trash bags, spent time in D.C. park

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    The man sought in the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl had contact with other young girls at the homeless shelter where he worked, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Friday. (Published Friday, Mar 28, 2014)

    The man sought in the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl had contact with other young girls at the homeless shelter where he worked, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Friday.

    Lanier said it's not known whether Khalil Tatum's interactions with those girls were sexual in nature, and officers are in contact with their families. 

    Search of D.C. Park Resumes; Man Bought Shovel, Lime

    [DC] Search of D.C. Park Resumes; Man Bought Shovel, Lime
    The search of a D.C. park resumed Friday morning after police revealed the man being sought in the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl purchased a shovel, trash bags and lime earlier this month. (Published Friday, Mar 28, 2014)

    "We don't have enough information right now to know that. We do know that he had contact with those girls," Lanier said.

    More than 100 law enforcement agents continued their search of Kenilworth Park in northeast D.C. Friday after police revealed Tatum purchased contractor-sized trash bags and spent considerable time in the park after Relisha Rudd disappeared.

    Search of D.C. Park Resumes Friday

    [DC] Search of D.C. Park Resumes Friday
    The search for a missing 8-year-old girl will resume Friday morning after police revealed the man being sought in her disappearance purchased a shovel, trash bags and lime earlier this month. (Published Friday, Mar 28, 2014)

    Lanier said in the next week, the department will reach out to community groups to help with some portions of the search.

    Relisha Rudd's Mother Speaks as Search Continues

    [DC] Relisha Rudd's Mother Speaks as Search Continues
    A search of a 700-acre northeast DC park for missing girl Relisha Rudd will continue Friday. (Published Friday, Mar 28, 2014)

    Officers are preparing for the worst-case scenario, Lanier said.

    "We cannot ignore the possibility that [Tatum] may have killed her," Lanier said. "Given the circumstances right now, we are fearful of leaving any stones unturned."

    Lanier: Missing Girl May Be Dead

    [DC] Lanier: Missing Girl May Be Dead
    A man being sought in the disappearance of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd bought contractor-sized trash bags and spent considerable time in a large wooded park in northeast D.C. after the last known sighting of the girl, D.C.'s police chief said Thursday. (Published Thursday, Mar 27, 2014)

    Though Lanier said she remains hopeful Relisha will be found alive, she also said the search had turned into a "recovery" mission.

    The news sheds a new and heartbreaking light on the search for Relisha. Police say the last confirmed sighting of the girl was March 1 at a D.C. motel; Relisha was officially reported missing March 19 and an Amber Alert was issued the next day.

    Lanier: Cannot Ignore Possibility Missing Girl May Be Dead

    [DC] Lanier: Cannot Ignore Possibility Missing Girl May Be Dead
    A man being sought in the disappearance of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd bought contractor-sized trash bags and spent considerable time in a large wooded park in northeast D.C. after the last known sighting of the girl, D.C.'s police chief said Thursday. (Published Thursday, Mar 27, 2014)

    Police said she had been in the company of Tatum, 51, who worked as a janitor at the homeless shelter where Relisha and her family stayed. Five cell phones, a photo of Relisha, children's clothing and $87 in cash was found during a search of his southeast D.C. apartment.

    Lanier: Cannot Ignore Possibility Missing Girl May Be Dead

    [DC] Lanier: Cannot Ignore Possibility Missing Girl May Be Dead
    A man being sought in the disappearance of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd bought contractor-sized trash bags and spent considerable time in a large wooded park in northeast D.C. after the last known sighting of the girl, D.C.'s police chief said Thursday. (Published Thursday, Mar 27, 2014)

    Police also said Relisha's mother knew she was with Tatum; the mother did not report the girl as missing. Surveillance video had captured Tatum and Relisha in a D.C. hotel on Feb. 26.

    On March 1, Relisha was seen with Tatum, Lanier said. She did not say where the two were seen, only that it was "in the District of Columbia." Police have not confirmed any later sightings of Relisha.

    Lanier Speaks on Search for 8-Year-Old Relisha Rudd

    [DC] Lanier Speaks on Search for 8-Year-Old Relisha Rudd
    D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier briefed the media on the search for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. (Published Thursday, Mar 27, 2014)

    The next day, Tatum bought contractor-sized trash bags and spent considerable time in Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, police said. Sources tell News4 Tatum also purchased a shovel and lime, which can be used to speed up the decomposition of bodies.

    "I still believe she’s alive. It’s all about the faith," Relisha's mother Shamika Young said.

    Police Search Park in Connection With Relisha Rudd Case

    [DC]  Police Search Park in Connection With Relisha Rudd Case
    D.C. Police are searching a northeast Washington park in connection with the search for a missing 8-year-old girl. (Published Thursday, Mar 27, 2014)

    Investigators say the search within Kenilworth Park -- a heavily wooded area -- could take weeks.

    FBI: Kahlil Tatum, Relisha Rudd May Be in Atlanta

    [DC] FBI: Kahlil Tatum, Relisha Rudd May Be in Atlanta
    A missing 8-year-old girl from D.C. and the man believed to be with her may be in Atlanta, according to the FBI. (Published Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014)

    It comes a day after authorities had extended their investigation into Relisha's disappearance to Atlanta. Tatum may have connections to the area; he has since been added to the FBI's Wanted List.

    Relisha appears to have been missing for weeks before officials realized she was gone. The slim girl, with big eyes and braids, had been absent from school, but officials were told that Relisha was sick.

    Kahlil Tatum, Believed to Be With Missing Girl Relisha Rudd, Considered "Armed and Dangerous"

    [DC] Kahlil Tatum, Believed to Be With Missing Girl Relisha Rudd, Considered "Armed and Dangerous"
    The man believed to be with a missing 8-year-old girl from D.C. has been added to the FBI's wanted list, and is considered armed and dangerous. (Published Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014)

    Investigators say Tatum posed as a doctor March 10, telling city officials who were concerned for her safety that Relisha was sick with a neurological disorder, and undergoing treatment. When they asked for documents, "Dr. Tatum" said he would leave them behind at the shelter where Relisha and her mother lived.

    When officials came to the shelter March 19 to pick up the paperwork, they couldn't find "Dr. Tatum" or Relisha. Shortly after, a missing persons report with D.C. Police was filed.

    Kahlil Tatum, Believed to Be With Missing Girl Relisha Rudd, Considered "Armed and Dangerous"

    [DC] Kahlil Tatum, Believed to Be With Missing Girl Relisha Rudd, Considered "Armed and Dangerous"
    The man believed to be with a missing 8-year-old girl from D.C. has been added to the FBI's wanted list, and is considered armed and dangerous. (Published Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014)

    "I wasn’t under the impression she was missing. I thought she was at my sister’s house," Relisha's mother said. She added she shouldn't be held responsible because Relisha was in the care of her grandmother and aunt at the time of her disappearance.

    Search Continues for Missing D.C. Girl

    [DC] Search Continues for Missing D.C. Girl
    D.C. Police cadets in bright yellow vests searched the area around a D.C. homeless shelter on foot Wednesday as they continued the search for a missing 8-year-old girl. Relisha Rudd was last seen a month ago; police believe she's in the company of Khalil Tatum, a former shelter employee turned murder suspect. (Published Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014)

    Tatum is believed to be armed, and he is also wanted in the death of his wife, Andrea. Her body was found at an Oxon Hill Red Roof Inn last Thursday during the search for Relisha.

    Man Believed to Be With Missing Girl Relisha Rudd Has Criminal Past

    [DC] Man Believed to Be With Missing Girl Relisha Rudd Has Criminal Past
    The man believed to be with a missing 8-year-old girl from D.C. has a criminal past in Northern Virginia. (Published Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014)

    Patrick Kelly, Andrea's cousin, believes she was killed because she knew Tatum was with the missing girl. 

    "[Andrea] was a beautiful person and she didn't deserve what she got," Kelly said. "He's a wolf walking out here amongst us. He’s a demon. She lost her life by standing up for what she believed in."

    Relisha's mother told News4 she, and her daughter, had a trusting friendship with Tatum. 

    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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