Grid Search of Park for Missing Girl Relisha Tatum Enters Third Day

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

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    Late Friday night, crime scene technicians examined a motel room where Kahlil Tatum, the man sought in an 8-year-old girl's disappearance, stayed earlier this month. (Published Friday, Mar 28, 2014)

    The grid search for possible remains of a missing 8-year-old girl at a large D.C. park enters its third day Saturday.

    The latest confirmed sighting of Relisha Rudd was March 1 at a motel on New York Avenue in northeast D.C., and police believe she was accompanied by 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum. He worked as a janitor at a homeless shelter where Relisha and her family stayed. 

    Police: Tatum Had Contact With Other Girls at Shelter

    [DC] Police: Tatum Had Contact With Other Girls at Shelter
    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)

    Police say Tatum purchased a shovel, lime and contractor-sized trashbags at a Home Depot, and spent a significant amount of time at nearby Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on March 2.

    Cadets, officers and firefighters conducted a grid search of the 700-acre park from dawn to dusk Thursday and Friday. Dive teams are scheduled to search small bodies of water throughout the park this weekend, and searches conducted on foot will resume Monday as the weather clears up.

    Police: Tatum Had Contact With Other Girls at Shelter

    [DC] Police: Tatum Had Contact With Other Girls at Shelter
    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)

    D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier earlier this week said officers are preparing for the worst-case scenario.

    "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."

    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)

    Though Lanier said she remains hopeful Relisha will be found alive, she also said the search had turned into a "recovery" mission. She said the department will reach out to community groups to help with some portions of the search some time next week, if need be.

    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)

    The news sheds a new and heartbreaking light on the search for Relisha. She was officially reported missing March 19 and an Amber Alert was issued the next day.

    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)

    During a search of Tatum's southeast D.C. apartment, police found five cell phones, a photo of Relisha, children's clothing and $87 in cash.

    Friday, Lanier said Tatum has had contact with other young girls at the shelter. It's not known whether those interactions were sexual in nature. Officers are in contact with their families, she said.

    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)

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

    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.

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

    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)

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

    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.

    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)

    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.

    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.

    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)

    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.

    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)

    "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.

    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. According to court documents, Tatum had a friend search online for a handgun to buy during the past month.

    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)

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

    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)

    "[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. 

    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)

    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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