D.C. police say body may be that of girl's abductor


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D.C. police say body may be that of girl's abductor
Reuters
First posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 09:07 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014 11:34 PM EDT
WASHINGTON - Police may have found the body of a janitor suspected of murdering his wife and abducting an 8-year-old girl whose disappearance had made national headlines, District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier said on Monday.
Authorities have been searching for the girl, Relisha Rudd, and her suspected abductor, 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum, since discovering the body of Tatum's wife, Andrea Denise Tatum, in a suburban Maryland motel room on March 20.
"We have tentatively identified the person we found today as that of Mr. Tatum," Lanier said, adding that the man appeared to have committed suicide. His body was discovered in Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington.
"Our primary focus here was to find Relisha ... and we're not finished," the chief said, adding that the search for the missing 8-year-old will resume in the park on Tuesday morning.
Missing girl Relisha Tenau Rudd and her suspected abductor Kahlil Malik Tatum. (METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPT.)

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Body in D.C. park identified as girl's abductor
Lacey Jonson, Reuters
First posted: Monday, March 31, 2014 09:07 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 01:35 PM EDT
WASHINGTON - A body found in a Washington, D.C., park has been identified as that of a janitor suspected of murdering his wife and abducting an 8-year-old girl whose disappearance has made national headlines, police said on Tuesday.
The dead man found in the 700-acre park on Monday was 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum, according to a posting made on the District of Columbia Police Department's official Twitter feed.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the man appeared to have committed suicide.
Authorities have been searching for Tatum and the girl he was suspected of kidnapping, Relisha Rudd, since discovering the body of Tatum's wife, Andrea Denise Tatum, who was apparently murdered, in a suburban Maryland motel room on March 20.
Rudd, who lived at a homeless shelter where Tatum worked as a janitor, was last seen with Tatum in Washington on March 1. The following day Tatum purchased a carton of 42-gallon trash bags and police said he was seen not long after in the area of Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington.
Police and volunteers searched the park and surrounding area for about a week in what Lanier called a "recovery operation" for the missing girl.
Last week, the FBI released surveillance footage of Rudd walking with Tatum down the hallway of a Washington hotel on February 26.
After the girl vanished, Tatum continued to go to work and was sighted in the city without the girl throughout the month, until he disappeared after his wife's apparent murder on March 20.
"Our primary focus here was to find Relisha ... and we're not finished," the chief said on Monday, adding that the search for the missing child would resume in the park on Tuesday morning.
The FBI is offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the location and return of Rudd.
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