Divers again search for Rel­isha Rudd

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Linh Bui

Vol­un­teer divers plunged into the Ana­cos­tia River on Satur­day to search for miss­ing home­less girl Rel­isha Rudd.

The divers searched a sec­tion of Ke­nil­worth Park and Aquatic Gar­dens in North­east Wash­ing­ton where a pre­vi­ous vol­un­teer search-and-res­cue team said dogs picked up the scent of a ca­daver and found Kahlil Ta­tum, 51. Ta­tum is the D.C. home­less shel­ter jan­i­tor po­lice say ab­ducted Rel­isha in March 2014 and killed his wife be­fore ap­par­ently shoot­ing him­self. Po­lice found Ta­tum’s body in a shed at Ke­nil­worth Park, where au­thor­i­ties con­cen­trated their search for the girl, who was 8 at the time of her dis­ap­pear­ance.

Search or­ga­nizer Brenda Brown said Dis­trict po­lice col­lected items that divers dis­cov­ered to ver­ify whether any­thing found Satur­day is con­nected to Rel­isha’s case. She said that would take time.

Rel­isha was living at the shel­ter at the for­mer D.C. Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal with her fam­ily when she van­ished more than a year ago. Her dis­ap­pear­ance spot­lighted the squalid con­di­tions at the shel­ter and prompted Dis­trict of­fi­cials to re­ex­am­ine how gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­ter­act with the fam­i­lies of home­less chil­dren in the city.

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