Nearly eight months after Relisha Rudd (pictured) went missing from Washington, D.C., homeless shelterDC General, where she lived with her family, investigators are still struggling to determine her whereabouts.
October 29th is an important milestone in Relisha’s young life: It marks her 9th birthday. Now friends, family, and advocates are celebrating her birthday by resuming a search for the little girl who went missing after she was allowed to leave with a janitor from the shelter.
Members of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the Black and Missing Foundationat 5 p.m. Wednesday will gather at the Stadium Armory Metro Station in Southeast Washington, D.C., to search for the child, Natalie Wilson, co-founder and director of public relations for black and missing, said in an e-mail to NewsOne.
“We believe that someone knows something and holds the key to her recovery,” Wilson said.
Relisha was last seen on March 1 at a motel with 51-year-old Khalil Tatum, the janitor, but she was not reported missing until March 19th, when police became involved in the case.
That’s when they discovered the body of Tatum’s wife in a Maryland hotel room.
Police found Tatum, who reportedly committed suicide, on March 31. Before his death, according to some reports, he was spotted shopping at a Home Depot for trash bags, a shovel, and lime, a chemical sometimes used in the burial of bodies.
While the search continues, police warn that the child may never be found.