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Amber Alert still in place for missing Relisha Rudd; police release new photos

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WASHINGTON -

An Amber Alert is still in place for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.

The alert was issued last Thursday for the D.C. girl. Authorities believe Rudd is traveling with 51-year-old Kahlil Malik Tatum.

Last week, Prince George's County police obtained an arrest warrant charging Tatum for the murder of his wife. Her body was found last Thursday in a Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill, Md.

Rudd's mother, Shamika Young, says Tatum was a janitor at a D.C. homeless shelter where Young was staying with four of her children and their stepfather.

Young says Tatum often bought gifts for her 8-year-old and took her to events like Disney on Ice with his granddaughter. They referred to him as Relisha's godfather and left him in her care, but when she wasn't turning up for school, they asked that he return her and he did not.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says they have released new photographs of Rudd and Tatum in hopes that the public can help find her.

According to Lanier, Rudd has not been seen for at least two weeks.

Lanier says the Amber Alert has been issued from as far north as Pennsylvania and Delaware to as far south as Florida.

"There is a significant team of folks that are actively investigating this," said Lanier. "This is hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute, a coordinated investigation with the FBI, with the expertise that they bring to this along with coordination between Prince George's County and from around our borders."

The FBI has announced a $25,000 reward for information that helps locate Rudd. A separate reward of $25,000 has been offered by Prince George's County police for information leading to an arrest and indictment of Tatum.

Rudd is described as a black female, 4'0", weighing around 70 to 80 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion.

Tatum is described as a black male, 5'7" and 170 pounds.

Lanier says authorities have recovered all of the vehicles associated with this case.


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