Police are combing through National Arboretum’s water areas as part of a new investigation into the disappearance of a girl from the D.C. General homeless shelter in 2014, local news outlets reported today.
Authorities have been searching for Relisha Rudd since her family last saw her at the homeless shelter on March 1, 2014. She was eight years old at the time of her disappearance.
Her mother has told police the child had been under the care of Kahil Tatum, a janitor at the shelter who had previous felony convictions. Tatum shot his wife, police said, and then was found dead in a park on March 31.
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Digital Billboards to Show Missing Girl From D.C. General — Relisha Rudd and other missing children in the D.C. and Baltimore areas will be featured on local digital billboards as part of a campaign by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to find them. The girl disappeared from the D.C. General homeless shelter last year when she was 8 years old. [FOX 5]
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The Search for Relisha Rudd Continues — Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier said they’re still committed to finding Relisha Rudd, the D.C. General resident who disappeared one year ago. No updates on the progress of the investigation were discussed. Police, the FBI, Metro Transit Police and Amtrak are “beefing up” efforts to find the child. [Washington City Paper]
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Southwest Time Capsule Opened — The March edition of The Southwester includes photos from a time capsule that was buried at the cornerstone of St. Augustine’s in 1965. Its contents included a guide to the neighborhood and a menu for a seafood restaurant that served snapper soup for 75 cents. [The Southwester]
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Parent Carjacked Outside Ludlow-Taylor Elementary — A father was carjacked outside Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School Friday night as he waited for his child to return from a field trip. The dad struggled with the thief and was left with a broken hand and arm. [ABC 7]
Relisha Rudd Prayer Service — On the one-year anniversary of Relisha Rudd’s disappearance, her relatives participated in a Sunday service at Mount Paran Baptist Church. After the service, a group of volunteers distributed care packages at D.C. General. [Washington Post]
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Community Meetings — Items on ANC agendas this week include the planned expansion and roof deck at the Barracks Row bar The Ugly Mug and the “old school corner grocery” set to open on 3rd Street NE. [Capitol Hill Corner]
New Fire Chief to Be Named — Bowser will announce today that former Seattle fire chief Gregory Dean has been selected to run the D.C. Fire and EMS Department. [NBC Washington]
A prayer service and candle-lit walk will be held in honor of Relisha Rudd on Sunday, one year after the 8-year-old disappeared from the homeless shelter at D.C. General.
Participants in the vigil to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Paran Baptist Church (1341 K St. SE) will first have a prayer service and then will walk from the church to D.C. General. There, they will give residents “Care Kits” in the child’s honor, a flier for the event says.
Relisha, who attended Payne Elementary School, was last seen by family at the homeless shelter on March 1, 2014. Her mother told police the child had been under the care of Kahil Tatum, a janitor at the shelter who had previous felony convictions. Tatum shot his wife, police said, and then was found dead in a park on March 31.
The investigation into Relisha’s death is still open, as Washington City Paper reported.
Photo via Mt. Paran Baptist Church