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.