Tip regarding Relisha Rudd prompts DC shelter search

D.C. police say they were following up a tip regarding the case of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd last month when they searched the D.C. General Homeless Shelter.

According to police, nothing was found during the search.

Police declined to specify the nature of the tip, or the section the now-closed shelter they were searching.

Relisha Rudd was last seen on March 1, 2014 at a Northeast D.C. motel with 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum, a janitor who worked at the D.C. General Homeless Shelter where the girl and her family were staying. Investigators believe Tatum killed Rudd before later killing himself. Her body has never been found.

A Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson said they received information that potential evidence related to the case was found in the area of Anacostia Park. Investigators began searching the park for that evidence Friday morning. Police divers also searched the Anacostia River.

Investigators say all searches came up negative and no evidence was found. Officers concluded their operations around 12:30 p.m.

Since her disappearance, authorities have conducted searches for Rudd in various parts of the D.C. area, including the National Arboretum and the Anacostia River area at Kenilworth Park.