Volunteers gathered to resume a massive search for a missing 8-year-old D.C. girl this past weekend.
Relisha Rudd was last seen on March 1, and has been missing for more than 7 months.
Four teams searched three areas near Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Northeast D.C. Saturday for Relisha Rudd. A search and rescue team from Maine arrived in the area Thursday to also help with the search.
Rudd was last seen on March 1 at a motel on New York Avenue with 51-year-old Khalil Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter where her family lived.
Police say Tatum purchased a shovel, lime and contractor-sized trashbags at a Home Depot, and spent a significant amount of time at Kenilworth Park around the time Relisha was last seen.
Tatum was found dead in the park that month, as a result of an apparent suicide. Authorities were looking into the possibility that Tatum killed Relisha and buried her body in the park.
Tatum was also wanted in connection with the death of his wife Andrea, whose body was found at a Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill March 20 during the search for Relisha.
We sincerely hope that Relisha is brought home safe and sound.
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