Members of a Washington D.C. volunteer task force returned to Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens last last week in hopes of finding clues that will lead them to a missing 8-year-old girl.
Relisha Rudd has been missing for more than two months.
The group found some bones, but D.C. Police said those turned out to belong to an animal. […]The group of volunteers never met Relisha Rudd, but they say they won’t give up until she is found.
The last confirmed sighting of Relisha was March 1, when she was seen at a motel on New York Avenue in the company of 51-year-old Khalil Tatum. Police say Tatum — who was a janitor at the homeless shelter where Relisha and her family lived —purchased a shovel, lime and contractor-sized trashbags at a Home Depot, and spent a significant amount of time at nearby Kenilworth Park on March 2.
Tatum was found dead in the park later in March, as police and volunteers searched for signs of Relisha. Police believe he committed suicide. Authorities were looking into the possibility that Tatum had killed Relisha and buried her body in the park.
Tatum was also wanted for the death of his wife Andrea, whose body was found on March 20 at the Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill. Several searches in the area have yielded nothing.
Members of the task force say they plan to focus on other missing person’s cases in the area once a conclusion is made in Rudd’s case.
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