An Amber Alert has been issued for 8-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd of Maryland. She is approximately 4-feet tall, weighs between 70 and 80 pounds and has brown eyes and dark hair. She was last seen at a southeast Washington homeless shelter late February before she was allegedly picked up by someone said to be a friend of the family, but she never returned, CBS DC reports.
The Metropolitan Police Department were first tipped off about her disappearance on Wednesday by D.C. Public Schools after the girl hadn’t been showing up for classes. It is believed that Relisha may be with Kahlil Malik Tatum, who worked as a janitor at the homeless shelter where she was staying with her mother and stepfather for the past year. Police say Khalil may be armed and dangerous.
The FBI joined the search for little Relisha after two vehicles possibly linked to her disappearance were discovered at the Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill. Inside of one of the motel rooms, investigators discovered the body of an unidentified adult woman. Relisha, however, was nowhere to be found.
Officer Harry Bond says D.C. Police requested that authorities check the motel due to a possible link to the missing elementary school student. It’s still unclear if the deceased woman is connected to Relisha. Relisha’s stepfather says her mother handed her over to Khalil nearly three weeks ago and that they haven’t seen her since. It’s still unclear why Relisha’s mother handed her over to Khalil. According to her parents, she suffers from severe migraines and may be in need of medication.
Police ask anyone with information on Relisha’s whereabouts to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, the Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.