MARCH 23RD BOOST: AMBER ALERT | RELISHA RUDD of WASHINGTON, DC MISSING
Amber Alert still in effect for Relisha Rudd, 8, who is likely with Kahlil Tatum.
WASHINGTON (WJLA) The man police believe is with a missing 8yearold Washington girl is wanted on murder charges after his wife was found dead this week. The body of 51yearold Andrea Denise Tatum was discovered at an Oxon Hill Red Roof Inn as Prince George’s County Police searched for Relisha Rudd. Prince George’s County Police announced Friday evening they have an arrest warrant out for 51yearold Kahlil Malik Tatum in his wife’s murder. The search for Relisha began Thursday with an Amber Alert, saying sheis believed to be with Kahlil Tatum. The search led officers to the Red Roof Inn, where Andrea Tatum was found shot to death. Officers located the white 1976 GMC truck associated with the Amber Alert, but Relisha was not found.
Relisha has been missing since Feb. 26, but her absence wasn’t reported to police until Thursday when a counselor at Payne Elementary School noticed she hadn’t been to class in weeks. Antonio Wheeler, the mother’s fiance, said Relisha’s mother had given Tatum permission to spend time with the girl while the mother was in the hospital, but Tatum never returned the girl. The child’s grandmother, Melissa Young, says Relisha often stayed overnight with Tatum and his family when her mother was out of town. Young says Tatum was supposed to be taking Relisha to school and recalled what happened during last week’s snow day. “He says ’oh since school is closed I am going to keep her for another week.’ I said, ’she has school tomorrow.’”
Relisha is described as a 4-foot tall black female who weighs approximately 7080 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. In the amber alert, police said they believe Tatum to be armed and dangerous.
“I have no hatred in my heart for you. I do have respect for you, but as long as you are out there running with my granddaughter all of my feelings about you are going to change,” Young says.
“Time is of the essence,” said Derrica Wilson, a former police officer and cofounder of Black and Missing Foundation. In Landover on Friday, Wilson said that one of the problems is that the Amber Alert now has no current vehicle information to go on, as the white truck police thought Tatum was traveling in was found this week – with no sign of the girl.
“They’ve expanded the search to Richmond. At this point, this should be a national search because this child could be anywhere,” said Wilson.
D.C. Mayor Gray says he has been asking several city agencies what happened, assuring, ”They really worked hard to try to address this issue leading up to the circumstances that we have now.” Now the problem is finding her, as Wilson says to keep in mind that Relisha could look very different since her disappearance.
sorry it took me so long to get this to tumblr. really need you guys help right now.
i’m a volunteer with playtime project, a non profit in dc that provides children at multiple shelters in the city an outlet for their energy and creativity. i’ve been volunteering for a little over 5 months now and relisha was one of the first kids i did activities with because she was one of the oldest in the big kids room and liked to have conversations. she’s a very bright girl, very creative girl and a tough big sister to her 3 little brothers… i get to play with them occasionally. this is very, very, very important.. please reblog this post. relisha needs us and we need to send her love and good energy so she can come home. we have to be strong for her. this is so crazy… relisha, i love you. we love you. i look forward to seeing you and your brothers in the playroom again. come home. +++