They didn't find her yet, but some families might benefit from her case:
Chief Lanier answers questions in Relisha Rudd case
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - D.C.'s Police Chief is clearing a man who was
questioned in the disappearance of Relisha Rudd. The little girl was
last seen more than a month ago. And the city's top cop spent Wednesday
morning answering questions about the investigation.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Wednesday that the
investigation is still ongoing, but that the man in the newest
surveillance video released by detectives has been cleared.
Meanwhile, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has ordered two deputy mayors to
conduct a review of the case of missing eight-year-old Rudd, and
discussed on Wednesday the D.C. General Family Homeless Shelter, where
Rudd was residing when she disappeared.
"It is not a place that a child should be raised, clearly," he said.
The shelter is where eight-year-old Rudd lived with her mother and
brothers; it is also where she met janitor Khalil Tatum, her alleged
abductor, and one of the last places she was seen alive more than one
"I'd like to close D.C. General, but we've got to have a place people can go in crisis," said Gray.
"They would have to provide somewhere else for us to go -- if not,
look how many familes and kids will be on the streets, some people
literally have no place to go," said one mother who lives at the shelter
with her five-year-old son. He went to school with Relisha Rudd.
He nodded when we asked her whether he missed his friend.
The mayor said plans are in the works to move 500 homeless families
in 100 days into housing. This is in process as Police Chief Cathy
Lanier was asked on WTOP about the possibility of Rudd being the victim
of child sex trafficking.
In response, Lanier said: "We are exploring all those avenues. We
have experts on our team that have been leading our investigation from
our child exploitation task force that are working with the FBI."
Rudd’s grandmother and aunt provided two pictures today to ABC 7
News, and told us that Tatum bought Rudd the dress and sweater last
November for her to wear this upcoming Easter.
The women are asking the public for help and that if anyone finds the
clothing discarded, this might help in the search for Relisha.
Lanier also said on WTOP that police do not think the man seen in the
video walking around a metro station recently was involved in any way
with the little girl's disappearance. That man, who is not being
identified, came to police. He did have contact with Khalil Tatum.
"He actually came to us himself when he heard his picture was out
there," said Chief Lanier. "Really nothing new has come out of that. It
really wasn't something that we anticipated getting a lot of information
out of, but we want to leave no stone unturned."
Lanier still holds out hope that the child is alive but admits
getting such a late start on the search frusturates her. And when police
determined the timing of the purchase of trash bags by Tatum and the
fact that he spent time at Kenilworth Park made them very concerned. The
51- year old janitor was found dead of an apparent self inflicted
gunshot wound at the park. No clues of Relisha Rudd were found.
The chief says there are many different angles they are exploring -
including working with the child exploitation task force for the
potential of sex trafficking. The mayor says there is no indication the
city has mishandled the investigation.
Edited by sexyandfamous - Apr 09 2014 at 9:11pm