An Amber Alert was issued on the morning of March 20 for eight-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd from Maryland, who hasn’t been seen since Feb. 26 when she was picked up at a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. and never returned. Police say that the man that picked her up might be Kahlil Tatum, who has been identified as a janitor at the homeless shelter where Rudd was staying with her mom and stepdad.
Making the situation even more dire, only hours before her Amber Alert was issued yesterday, the body of a dead, unidentified female was found in a nearby hotel. The dead woman was determined not to be Rudd’s mother, but still connected to the child’s disappearance, according to WUSA.
A Prince George's County police official later told us that D.C. police alerted them that one of the cars sought in the Rudd case was seen at a Red Roof Inn along Oxon Hill Road. When officers arrived, they found a woman dead inside a room.
The official says it appears she suffered from blunt force trauma.
A white truck that police were looking for that her abductor was allegedly driving has been found. Police still haven’t located Rudd or Tatum.
Another man first connected to the abduction, Rickie Sheridan Lyles, is no longer believed to be with Relisha.
Officials with The Metropolitan Police Department describe the missing Rudd as being “4-feet tall and 70-80 pounds. She's described as a black female with black hair and a medium complexion.“
The Metropolitan Police Department was reportedly tipped off by D.C. Public Schools on Wednesday regarding Rudd’s disappearance, which led to the launching of yesterday’s Amber Alert.
Police also report that Rudd may be in need of medication.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.
Anyone with information in the homicide investigation is asked to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.
Tipsters who help close a homicide case could be eligible for a $25,000 reward. - Daily News
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