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D.C. Police No Closer To Finding Missing Girl Relisha Rudd

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the search for Relisha Rudd in Kenilworth Park is winding down.
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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the search for Relisha Rudd in Kenilworth Park is winding down.

A five-day search of a park in Northeast DC is yielding no clues to what might have happened to 8-year old Relisha Rudd. Now police say the search there is winding down.

Yesterday's discovery of the body of accused killer and abductor Khalil Tatum has put police no closer to discovering the whereabouts of Relisha Rudd. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says in the past several days, search teams have covered multiple areas of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens and some teams have covered certain areas twice. Now the search here is about to end.

"We're hoping that we will finish the search of the areas in the park by the close of the day tomorrow, and it may need ... another day," Lanier said, "but we believe we may be able to finish up the final search of the area tomorrow."

Lanier could not reveal much about the condition of or what they may have found with Tatum's body, which was found in a storage shed in the 700-acre park during the search for Relisha Rudd, who's been missing for more than a month. However, Lanier says they have a good idea how long he was here after taking his own life.

"It's not an exact science, but it appears that he could have been here for about 36 hours or maybe up to several days," Lanier said.

Lanier also said that although the location of the search for Rudd will shift, it will not change her strategy to find Relisha Rudd.


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