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Search for missing 8-year-old abducted from homeless shelter continues

Search For 8-Year-Old Girl In D.C. Now In 'Recovery' Stage
The search continues in the District of Columbia for an 8-year-old girl missing for almost a month. Relisha Tenau Rudd was last seen with a janitor at her homeless shelter suspected of murdering his estranged wife, according to WMAR.

The latest news, as CBS reports: D.C. police are now calling this a recovery operation, searching for any trace of the girl in a park near the homeless shelter. Though told WVEC Chief Cathy Lanier says there's still at least some chance of a happy ending.

"We are discouraged at times by the amount of time she's been missing and some of the things we've discovered, but we are hopeful that we may still find her alive."

One of those things police have discovered: the janitor, Kahlil Tatum, frequently took Rudd out of her homeless shelter with her mother's permission.

And authorities told Fox News Tatum might have had contact with as many as four other young girls, buying them or their families gifts to gain trust.

WUSA spoke to Rudd's grandmother, who said, "I know he took her to the Icecapades somewhere and went to play with this supposedly granddaughter. She was with him for a lot of times, and then he brought her back."

Rudd was last seen with Tatum March 1, according to WRIC. One day later, Tatum was spotted alone at a hardware store buying 43-gallon trash bags, a shovel and lime - a substance that can speed up the decomposition process.
The janitor hasn't been seen since March 20, the same day his estranged wife was found murdered in a Maryland motel. Local and federal authorities are offering a total reward of $70,000 for information leading to Rudd. Police have asked anyone who can provide tips to dial 1-800-CALL-FBI.

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jimpiotrowski March 30 2014 at 12:52 AM

Very sad.

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baileysno1lala March 29 2014 at 1:20 PM

Poor little thing!

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ReddSox35 March 29 2014 at 1:21 PM

I hope the obvious does not mean it is the end for this little girl. I want to believe she is ok and gets back to her mother soon.

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CAMERON ReddSox35 March 29 2014 at 2:45 PM

Me too.

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sylvabugg2 ReddSox35 March 29 2014 at 6:58 PM

You mean the same mom who let a virtual stranger take her places? That mom?

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carnageydecor March 29 2014 at 1:30 PM

Pray for her. God knows precisely where she is. By the power of God may St Michael Archangel lead the police to her.

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Judith March 29 2014 at 2:05 PM

Why take a child then shoot her? We put down mad dogs. Grown people who kidnap and rape and kill ........... Some say they are "sick", however. These things take planning. If you can plan, you can pay the ultimate price.

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Elizabeth Judith March 29 2014 at 4:13 PM

Who was shot? So far, the only certain thing is that is wife is dead, presumably by his hand.

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Christie March 29 2014 at 2:08 PM

I live in the DC metro area. It has been on the news all day, every day for weeks. Don't know about coverage outside the area. Anyone who lives here is aware.

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Elizabeth Christie March 29 2014 at 4:12 PM

It is also all over the Tidewater area as well as having been on the internet.

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CAMERON March 29 2014 at 2:41 PM

So very sad. Praying for a happy end this child is returned to her mom
But something tells me. She might have been killed. Because. Now gone. 2 weeks or more.

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DEBORAH March 29 2014 at 3:40 PM

Let's stay positive and prayerful for this child.

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CAMERON DEBORAH March 29 2014 at 4:13 PM

I am praying for her safe return, but something tells me this little girl was killed by this man that is why he is on the RUN. If this child were still alive she would be back with her mom at the shelter.
He looks mean too me.

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CHANCE ELIJAH March 29 2014 at 4:51 PM

Oh no, please GOD,NO

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Patrick Matty CHANCE ELIJAH March 29 2014 at 5:40 PM

Yeah, I almost cried when they said 'lime'.

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Martha March 29 2014 at 5:01 PM

I pray this beautiful little girl will be found safe. It makes me cry to read of these horrible people who prey on children.

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