Relisha Tenau Rudd Amber Alert — Girl, 8, Missing From Homeless Shelter

Fri, March 21, 2014 9:35am EDT by 8 Comments
Amber Alert Relisha Tenau Rudd
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An Amber Alert has been issued for an 8-year-old girl who went missing from a homeless shelter on March 19 in Washington D.C. An anonymous tipster led police to a local motel, where they found the dead body of an unidentified woman. Sadly, Relisha Tenau Rudd was nowhere to be found.

D.C. police fear that a missing girl, Relisha Tenau Rudd, may be in grave danger after finding a deceased woman connected to the case.

Amber Alert — Relisha Tenau Rudd Missing

Relisha Tenau Rudd, 8, went missing from a local homeless shelter in southeast Washington D.C. on Wednesday, March 19. The original Amber Alert issued mentioned that she might be traveling in a red SUV or black Honda, and on Thursday, March 20, someone spotted both vehicles at a local motel.

Police rushed to the Oxon Hill Red Roof Inn to search the premises, and unfortunately found the deceased body of an unidentified adult woman in a first floor room. The cars mentioned in the Amber Alert had been abandoned and were parked outside of the room. Sadly, Relisha was nowhere to be found. According to police, the woman’s body had suffered severe physical trauma. Sadly, Relisha was nowhere to be found.

On Thursday night, police issued an updated Amber Alert for Relisha, stating that she might be in the custody of Kahlil Tatum, the owner of one of the vehicles, and his friend Ricky Lyles.

Kahlil Worked At The Homeless Shelter

Once police started connecting the dots, they found that the man they were looking for, Kahlil, was a janitor at the homeless shelter where Relisha was living.

Relisha’s mother, whose name has not been released, have Kahlil permission to spend time with her daughter. However, he was supposed to bring her back.

A school counselor is the one who realized Relisha was missing after paying a visit to the homeless shelter to check on her. Apparently, Relisha had not attended school for several weeks before she went missing.

Hopefully, police find Relisha safe and sound and she can be returned to her mother.

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— Lauren Cox

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