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Mayor Gray Orders Review Of City's Interactions With Relisha Rudd

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Mayor Vincent Gray wants two deputy mayors to review how D.C. departments handled issues related to missing girl Relisha Rudd.
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Mayor Vincent Gray wants two deputy mayors to review how D.C. departments handled issues related to missing girl Relisha Rudd.

In the District, as the search for missing 8-year-old girl Relisha Rudd continues, Mayor Gray says it's time to take a thorough review of the D.C. government's actions in her case.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered a pair of deputy mayors to review all the interactions District government agencies had with Relisha before she went missing.

The girl was last seen March 1. Prolonged absences from her elementary school eventually triggered an investigation. She had been living at D.C. General, a shelter for homeless families.

Gray says while there is no indication so far that District agencies or its staff failed to fulfill their duties, he's ordered Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith and Deputy Mayor for Human Services Beatriz Otero to review the facts of the case and make sure the city responded both appropriately and responsibly.

Gray says he is also asking his staff to develop a plan to close D.C. General and come up with alternative shelter options for the hundreds of homeless families that live there.

Police are continuing their efforts to find Relisha. During a recent search of a city park in Northeast D.C., authorities found the body of Relisha's suspected abductor, Kahlil Tatum—who had been a janitor at D.C. General. They recently interviewed another man who had been identified in a video, but say they have no new information about Relisha's whereabouts.


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