WASHINGTON (AP/WJZ) — D.C. police say they’ve identified a man in a video released last week and that he’s cooperating with the investigation of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.
Mary Bubala has the latest.
Police said Monday they’ve interviewed the man but they have no new information about Rudd’s whereabouts. The video was released on Friday after police searched a large park in northeast Washington for Rudd without success.
The girl lived in a city homeless shelter and was last seen on March 1 in the company of a janitor there, 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum. Her family didn’t report her missing, but police began searching for her after repeated absences from school.
Tatum’s wife was found fatally shot in a hotel room in suburban Maryland, and police found Tatum’s body in the park where they searched for Rudd. He committed suicide.
It’s been 37 days since Rudd was last seen. Over the weekend, members of her family and their friends passed out fliers hoping to keep the case alive.
“Oh God, we don’t know where she is, but we know you know,” a family member said.
More than a dozen people handed out flyers and stood on street corners in Washington, D.C. hoping people passing by would take notice.
“We’re not going to stop until we find you,” a loved one said.
Rudd’s great-grandmother and her grandparents helped canvas the area too, handing out fliers.
“Hopefully someone will recognize her picture when we are holding it,” said Mary Young, Rudd’s grandmother.
“Every day I look at her picture. We have a conversation, I laugh, I cry, then I go on with my way. I just let her know I love her, I miss her and I’m doing everything I can to bring her home,” said Melissa Young, Rudd’s great-grandmother.
Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to Rudd’s whereabouts.
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