Relisha Rudd

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The key to the fate of missing girl Relisha Rudd could be closer than police realized. This morning, the Metropolitan Police Department started searching a Northeast construction site across the street from MPD’s Fifth District Station that officers say could hold new revelations about Rudd’s whereabouts.

Rudd was 8-years old when she disappeared in March 2014 with presumed abductor Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the D.C. General homeless shelter where Rudd lived. While Tatum was discovered dead of a gunshot wound in a shed at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Rudd has never been found.

The rubble- and brush-covered construction site at Bladensburg Road and T Street NE is close to the hotel where Rudd was seen with Tatum before his death. Police also plan to search another site, which MPD Chief Cathy Lanier declined to name. 

Police launched the searches after discovering new evidence in the case, according to Lanier.

Photo courtesy MPD