Search Continues for DC Child Relisha Rudd

Missing 8-year-old Relisha RuddNBC 4 Washington
Missing 8-year-old Relisha RuddNBC 4 Washington

A volunteer task force comprising parents and other concerned citizens met Friday at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C., with one goal: find 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who was last seen more than two months ago, NBC 4 Washington reports.


None of the searchers ever met Relisha, but volunteers told the station they will continue looking for her until she has been found.

The searchers resumed their quest early last week after a psychic directed their attention to the park. Searchers found some bones, but District police said they were nonhuman, the news station reports.


“A tarot card reading told us that this is the area that we should be in,” volunteer Keith Warren said during an interview. “[W]e were told that she’s not really buried, but she’s under something, hidden, and she’s somewhere where normal people would just pass over.”

Relisha was last seen March 1 at a motel in the company of 51-year-old Khalil Tatum, reports say. Tatum was a janitor at the homeless shelter where the child and her family lived. He reportedly bought a shovel, lime and contractor-sized trash bags at a Home Depot store and spent a significant amount of time at Kenilworth Park on March 2.

Tatum was found dead in the park later in March while police and volunteers were searching for signs of Relisha. Police believe he committed suicide.

Authorities were looking into the possibility that Tatum had killed Relisha and buried her body in the park.


Tatum was also wanted in the death of his wife, Andrea, whose body was found at a Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill on March 20.

Read more at NBC 4 Washington.

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