Authorities have released an Amber Alert for a missing 8-year-old girl from Prince George County on Thursday.
Relisha Tenau Rudd was absent from school for nearly a month after her mother gave her to an acquaintance reports the Washington Post.
Evidently, a social worker who was concerned about Relisha called the police on Wednesday, which began the original search for her. The Washington Post reported that the mother said she had talked with Relisha by phone and did not consider her a runaway. She also stated she knew who she was with and asked him to return Relisha but he has not done so.
Police had two suspects in mind that they believed may have taken Relisha and tracked them to a motel in Oxon Hill. While going room to room, police discovered a deceased woman that apparently died from trauma. The woman was later identified as the girlfriend of one of the suspects, according to WUSA news. The authorities are still looking for those two suspects identified as Kahlil Malik Tatum and Rickie Sheridan Lyles.
Several weeks prior, Relisha was living with her mother and Tony Wheeler the boyfriend of Relisha's mother at a homeless shelter on the 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue. Kahlil, a janitor at the shelter had a granddaughter that became friends with Relisha and Kahlil offered to take Relisha to his home. During this time period, Relisha's mother ended up in the hospital. According to Wheeler, everything was fine for a couple of weeks until he asked Kahlil to return Relisha, and he never did.
While the police were searching at the motel, they also located a black Honda Accord and a red Chevrolet Trail Blazer in the parking lot that they believe is connected to Relisha's disappearance. According to the Amber Alert, Relisha may now be traveling in a white 1976 GMC truck with Maryland plates 305015.
If you have any information to her whereabouts, please contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.