Relisha Rudd Case: Friday marks 5 years since disappearance of 8-year-old DC girl

Friday marks five years since the disappearance of Relisha Rudd.

She vanished after she was last seen on surveillance video on March 1, 2014 at a Northeast D.C. motel with Kahlil Tatum, a janitor who worked at the D.C. General Shelter where the 8-year-old girl lived with her family.

Tatum committed suicide after Rudd was reported missing. Investigators believe Tatum killed Relish before later killing himself. Her body has never been found.


Police have conducted several searches since her disappearance in different parts of the District, which include Anacostia Park, the National Arboretum, a vacant construction site on Bladensburg Road, NE, and in the Anacostia River at Kenilworth Park.

Last summer, dozens of community members and D.C. police officers gathered at Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue in Northeast D.C. to pass out a flyer with the new age progression photo that shows what Relisha may look like at 12 years old.

The FBI is still offering a $25,000 reward for information that will lead to locating Relisha.