AMBER ALERT: DC Girl Missing; abductor charged in murder

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- An Amber Alert is still active for 8-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd. Her family is pleading with her abductor to return her home safely.

"Just bring my daughter home. That's all I want, just bring my daughter home," said Antonio Wheeler, Relisha's stepfather, pleading with Khalil Tatum.

Police believe Relisha is with Tatum, 51, a janitor at the homeless shelter where the girl had been living with her mother and Wheeler.

Thursday, while searching for Relisha and Tatum, Prince George's County police found Tatum's wife, beaten to death at a Red Roof Inn on Oxon Hill Road in Prince George's County.

Friday, authorities there charged Tatum with the death of his wife, Andrea Denise Tatum, 51.

D.C. police alerted PGPD that one of the cars sought in the Rudd case was seen at a Red Roof Inn. When officers arrived, they found a woman dead inside a room. The official says it appears she suffered from blunt force trauma.

Wheeler said the initial fear of his step-daughter being abducted intensified after learning that she could now be with a man police believe is a murderer.

"I have no idea where she is. No idea," he said.

Wheeler added that he was blind-sided by a man he thought he knew and trusted.

"Mr. Tatum had been helping us out (at the shelter). He'd been showing us the ropes, showing us around, telling us when the activity room closed and what programs they have going on. He's a good man, I never got no bad vibes or a salty taste in my mouth about him," said Wheeler.

He and Relisha's mother trusted Tatum enough to allow their daughter to go home with him. That was weeks ago.

They haven't been seen since.

Tiffany Young is Relisha's aunt, sisters with Relisha's mother. She wonders how her niece got mixed up in this mess.

"You only know (Tatum) because you were in the shelter. You don't know his background, you don't know anything. He don't have no kids, so why is she going over there unsupervised? What is she going over there for?" she asked.

"She's my only niece," said a tearful Young. "She's just a cheerful little girl. She's innocent."

Young said she thinks that her sister, Relisha's mother, knows more than she's saying.

"My sister, (Relisha's) mother, needs to come out and tell everything that she knows," said Young.

But Wheeler defended Relisha's mother, Shamika.

"For those who don't know, Shamika been 100% honest for the past 48 hours. I can honestly say I've seen a change in her," said Wheeler.

Relisha was last seen in the 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue, SE. Police describe the little girl as a black female, 4' 0" tall, weighing approximately 70 to 80 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. Relisha may also need medication.

Metropolitan Police Department issued the Amber Alert, but late Thursday evening authorities believed the young missing girl may have been, or could even still be, in the Richmond, Va. area.

MPD Youth Division officials confirm the white 1976 GMC pick-up Tatum was believed to be driving was found by Prince George's County Police in Hyattsville early Friday morning. Police were looking for the truck with the MD tag 305015.

Another man first connected to the abduction, Rickie Sheridan Lyles, is no longer believed to be with Relisha.

Anyone with information on Relisha Tenau Rudd's whereabouts is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.

PHOTOS: Relisha Rudd


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment