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Police file out of Kenwilworth Park in Northeast D.C. after another unsuccessful search for clues to the whereabouts of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.
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Police file out of Kenwilworth Park in Northeast D.C. after another unsuccessful search for clues to the whereabouts of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.

D.C. Police say they're wrapping up their search of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Northeast D.C. for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.

Investigators say they are still seeking leads in the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, though Asst. Police Chief Peter Newsham says the tip that lead them to search the 700-acre park has been their most promising.

“We came up here based on a theory. And that theory was based on the information we had available, the information we could confirm at the time. And the theory was that potentially we would find Relisha in this area,” Newsham says.

While the ground, air and water searches at the park didn't turn up Relisha, police found the body of Kahlil Tatum, the 51-year-old janitor from the homeless shelter where Relisha’s family lived. Tatum was accused of abducting Relisha as well as murdering his wife in suburban Maryland.

Police say he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Newsham stresses the search for the 8-year-old girl is far from over.

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