Suspect bought Relisha Rudd swimsuit prior to motel stay

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – Relatives of Relisha Rudd say videotape of her at a DC motel was taken on a night the now dead suspect had purchased her a swimsuit and said he was taking her to a swimming party.

Note: An earlier version of this story reported that the relatives saw the suspect with Relisha Rudd March 1st, after the swim party. Grandmother Melissa Young says that was a misunderstanding and that they actually saw Relisha after the pool party with her mother on March 1st, not with suspect Kahlil Tatum.

In surveillance video from the motel, you can see Relisha holding shopping bags as Tatum leads her into a motel room.

Relisha's grandmother, Melissa Young says Relisha was already with Tatum that day, February 26th, when the two stopped by to see if Relisha had a swimsuit at her aunt's home.

Young says when they told Tatum Relisha didn't have a swimsuit, Tatum said he would purchase one.

He told the relatives he was taking the girl to the motel for a swimming party that would be attended by his wife and another girl.

During the visit, Relisha dropped off the swimsuit Tatum purchased, which family members say is now in the possession of the FBI.

She wasn't reported missing until several weeks later.

The relatives say it wasn't unusual for Tatum to purchase gifts for the girl or for them to spend days on end together unsupervised.

Police found Tatum dead from an apparent suicide in a DC park.

There has not been one reported sign of Relisha since March 1st.


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