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DC Police Renew Search For 8-Year-Old Relisha Rudd

Police in Washington, D.C., will search a construction site and a second location during their renewed search for Relisha Rudd who has been missing for nearly two years according to NBC Washington reports:

Police have been searching for Relisha Rudd since her disappearance in March of 2014, but new information in prompting a new round of searches.

Police cadets and K9 teams began searching a construction site located across the street from the police department’s Fifth District Station just after 8 a.m. Thursday. Police Chief Cathy Lanier did not reveal the location of the second search site.

Rudd was 8 years old when she was last seen on March 1, 2014 at a Northeast Washington motel in the company of Kahlil Tatum. Tatum was a janitor at D.C. General, the homeless shelter where Rudd lived with her mother and siblings. The girl’s family had allowed her to spend time with Tatum.

Police say Tatum purchased a shovel, lime and contractor-sized trashbags, and spent a significant amount of time at Kenilworth Park around the time Relisha was last seen. Investigators looked into the possibility that Tatum killed her and buried her body in the park, but her body was never found.

After Relisha was reported missing, the body of Tatum’s wife was found in a motel, and Tatum was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Kenilworth Park.

The little girl appeared to have been missing for weeks before officials realized she was gone. Relisha hadn’t been seen at Payne Elementary School since the month before her disappearance.

NBC reports add that D.C. officials took a second look at how they handled her case, in part, because of the misleading information provided by Relisha’s family.

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