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UPDATED: Dead Man Found In Park 'Appears to Be' Abductor of Relisha Rudd, Police Say

Chief says search for girl continues.

Photo from WUSA9 via Twitter.
Photo from WUSA9 via Twitter.

The body of an adult man who apparently committed suicide has been tentatively identified as Kahlil Tatum, the suspected abductor of a little girl, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Monday evening in a news conference. Officials caution though that they had not yet positively identified the body as that of the 51-year-old man.

A body that "appears to be" Tatum, Lanier said, was found Monday in Kenilworth Park, where officers from several jurisdictions have been searching for the missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd,.

“Everything we have is consistent with what we know about his appearance,” Lanier said. The body was found inside the search area of the 700-acre park, the chief said, and doznes of searchers were to resume their search for the girl.

"We'll probably be here for several days," Lanier said.

Rudd was last seen March 1. She was with Tatum, a janitor for a homeless shelter in Washington where she lived with her mother.

Patch's Earlier Coverage:

UPDATE: Police Search DC Park for Missing 8-Year-Old Relisha Rudd

UPDATE: Police Say D.C. Man May Have Killed Missing Girl, Has Atlanta Ties

Video Released of Man Sought in Wife's Murder, Missing 8-Year-Old Girl

(UPDATED) AMBER ALERT: 8-Year-Old Girl Still Missing; Body of Woman Found

Tom Rossing March 31, 2014 at 04:41 PM
O.K. Patch, how do you search a dead man?
mc6 March 31, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Yeah, your title could use re-wording.

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