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Police: Wednesday Likely Last Day Searching D.C. Park for Missing Relisha Rudd

Police: Wednesday Likely Last Day Searching D.C. Park for Missing Relisha Rudd

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WASHINGTON (WRIC) - Wednesday will likely be the last day police search a Washington, DC park for missing child Relisha Rudd.

On Tuesday, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier told ABC affiliate WJLA, "We've found nothing that has helped us in our search for Relisha."

The eight-year-old has not been seen since March first. Authorities believed she was with family friend Kahlil Tatum, who was also a janitor at the homeless shelter where Relisha lived with her mother.

On Monday, police discovered the 51-year-old’s body in the park. He died of an apparent suicide.

Lanier said if no new clues are found Wednesday they will consider the area searched and move on to looking for the child elsewhere.

Lanier also told WJLA, “"We have no information that she has been killed at this point. She could still be alive, that’s why we are still asking for the public’s help."

Several volunteers have been helping to comb the more than 700 acres at the park.

Former Police Officer Derrica Wilson spent Tuesday helping with the search. She also heads up the Black and Missing Foundation and told WJLA she did not think Relisha was at the park. "I believe Mr. Tatum has sold her. I believe she's alive...we need to be looking in other states. There's a lot of predators preying on these children. He was always giving money to these young girls, and now she turns up missing..."

Derrick Butler was another volunteer who planned on helping again Wednesday. His sister went missing in 2009. "I know what this family is going through, and we just want to help them," he said. "Anything we can do to bring closure."
 

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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