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Relisha  Rudd was last seen weeks ago with a 51 year-old janitor from the homeless shelter she lived with her mother and siblings. A massive search in the D.C area has been underway for Relisha and Kahlil Malik Tatum. But last night, the story took a turn for the worse.

A body was found in a D.C. park that has been tentatively identified as Relisha’s suspected kidnapper, Kahlil Malik Tatum. But there is still no sign of the 8-year-old.

“This discovery was a shock for us,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a press conference Monday, according to WRC-TV. “We were focused on finding Relisha. There’s a lot of evidence to be processed from what we found [Monday].”

Relisha was last seen with Tatum on March 1, and a foot search was launched last week at the 700-acre park after investigators learned the wanted man bought tools likely used to bury the child’s body.

Police say Tatum — also suspected of killing his 51-year-old wife, Andrea — was spotted at a nearby store buying supplies that included contractor-sized garbage bags and lime, which can be used to speed up the decomposition of a dead body, police said.

Authorities will continue to comb the park where Tatum’s body was found and search for Relisha.

“We are still here for the reason we came to begin with — to look for Relisha,” Lanier said. “We’re not finished here.”

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  • RJ

    This story is horrible from start to finish. I hope she is alive, but I really doubt she is and that is beyond sad.

    Her mother will continue to not take responsibility for her role in this. May this little girl’s soul be at peace.

  • nononsense57

    I’m sorry, I can’t feel for sick, allegedly kidnapping and murdering cowards like Mr. Tatum. People like that are the lowest of the low, and I hope he rots in hell.

  • Dee

    This is a failure of the family and the system and it’s incredibly sad and angering but it also seems to be indicative of a bigger problem regarding social services. Not sure if anyone has read the article in the Miami Herald about the kids who’ve had contact with Child Protective Services and eventually died or were killed. I posted the link here http://www.miamiherald.com/static/media/projects/2014/innocents-lost/

    • Me

      i thought she was living w/her mom not cps. how would they know she was in danger before all this happened?

    • Dee

      True, she was living with her mother and siblings in a shelter. Child protective services had been involved with her family earlier in her life due to allegations of poor living conditions and possible abuse but not recently. While grasping a bit I just thought it was interesting that Relisha like the other children in the linked article I posted had at some point had interactions with CPS and then later died (assuming she is in fact dead). In this case it was child protective services who helped to discover she was missing.