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Volunteers Canvass DC Neighborhood, Hand Out Flyers in Search for Relisha Rudd

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Dozens of volunteers searching for Relisha Rudd held up signs & handed out flyers in Northeast DC neighborhood Dozens of volunteers searching for Relisha Rudd held up signs & handed out flyers in Northeast DC neighborhood

WASHINGTON, DC - Saturday, dozens of volunteers made their way up a Northeast DC neighborhood, the place where police say 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was last seen on March 1. They handed out flyers and asked people if they remember seeing Rudd.

"I'm out here to do whatever I can. Don't want to be a couch potato," said a volunteer.

Surveillance video from days before shows the 8-year-old at a hotel with 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the DC homeless shelter where her family lived.

"Every morning and every night before I go to sleep, I pray to her picture. I talk to her picture. I sing to her picture. I don't go to sleep unless I do those things."

Police say on March 2, Tatum bought large plastic bags and was spotted at Kenilworth Park.

Officials started looking through the 700-acre area for signs of Rudd. But after a week-long search, they instead found Tatum dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

And still --no trace of Rudd.

"It's frustrating for me because he killed himself without turning her over,” said Mary Young, a family member.

On Friday, police released a surveillance video of a man seen at a DC metro. Investigators think he may have information about the case, and need the public’s help identifying him.

“I know she’s out there,” said Young.

That belief that Rudd is still alive is what helps volunteers continue their search.

"We need to keep her name alive--we need to keep it out here in the community. so everyone will know who little Relisha Rudd,” said one of the volunteers.

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