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Man in video identified, cooperating in case of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd

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D.C. police say they have identified the man in a video released last week who was sought by authorities in connection with the case of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.

Police say the man has been interviewed and is cooperating with the investigation, but they have not learned any new information about Rudd’s whereabouts.

Rudd has been missing since March 1 and an Amber Alert was issued for Rudd on March 20. She was last seen with Khalil Tatum, a janitor at a D.C. homeless shelter where Rudd was living with her family.

Tatum was charged with killing his wife, 51-year-old Andrea Tatum, whose body was found on March 20 in a motel room in Oxon Hill, Md. Officers found her body while they were searching for Rudd. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was charged with first-degree murder and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Authorities performed a week-long search for Rudd at Kenilworth Park, which ended last Thursday. Tatum’s body was found last Monday inside an equipment shed on the grounds of the park. Police say his death was a suicide.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Tatum purchased a carton of 43-gallon self-tying black trash bags on March 2, and later was in the area of the aquatic gardens in Kenilworth Park for a period of time. After that, Lanier said Tatum was going to work and was seen in D.C. through March 20, but Relisha was not seen.

D.C. officials also announced that Tatum had posed as Relisha's doctor, taking calls from her elementary school teacher and telling them the little girl was sick. Officials familiar with the investigation say Rudd's mother, grandmother and Tatum were all working together in an effort to fool teachers and administrators at Payne Elementary School into believing the 8-year-old was not coming to school because she was sick.

“He basically assured the school the child had been ill and gave some detailed information around that,” said Bebe Otero, the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services.

Administration officials not authorized to speak on the record said Rudd’s grandmother and mother gave Tatum's phone number to the school claiming he was the girl’s doctor.

Relisha is described as a black girl, weighing about 70 to 80 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion.

If you have any information on Rudd's whereabouts, you are asked to call D.C. police at 202-727-9099. You can also text your tip to their text tip line at 50411.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the location and return of Relisha Rudd. If you see her, call 911 immediately. You may also call the FBI at (800) CALL-FBI.


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