AMBER ALERT: Park search continues for missing DC girl

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --Officers will continue their ground search at a Northeast, D.C. park on Monday in connection with the disappearance of an 8-year-old girl who was last seen on March 1. Police will also ask community members for their help in the search.

Officers from multiple jurisdictions and agencies have been searching in Kenilworth Park for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. We're told divers have been going through the multiple bodies of water in the park.

On Friday night, officials were investigating a room at a Days Inn motel in Northeast, D.C. in reference to the case.

Metropolitan Police Department Police Chief Cathy Lanier says Kahlil Tatum, Rudd's suspected abductor, had contact with other young girls at the DC General homeless shelter where Relisha's family stayed.

RAW VIDEO: Search for Relisha Rudd resumes

"We are positive that Mr. Tatum did have contact with other girls at the shelter," stated Lanier.

Police are in contact with three or four families, according to Lanier. The police chief did not elaborate about the kind of contact or interaction Tatum had with the girls at the shelter.

"Sometimes there are things that we don't share for a reason. If it is not helpful for the investigation, I'm not going to release it," said Lanier.

Lanier describes the effort at Kenilworth Park as a "technical search" over more than 700 acres. More than 100 people are working for approximately 16 hours a day in the search, according to Lanier last week. They include DC police, cadets, Montgomery County police, U.S. Park Police, the FBI and the National Park Service.

Officers are not only focusing in the park, according to Lanier. They are also following numerous leads and tips.

Sources say Tatum bought a shovel and lime as well as extra large garbage bags on March 2nd before spending hours at the park.

Relisha's mother Shamika Young told reporters, "I just want my baby back." Young let her go with Tatum, allegedly helped him pose as a doctor to explain the little girl's extended absence from school and told authorities Relisha was with her godfather and fine, before stalling on an Amber Alert for the girl.

The police chief said at a press conference, "Providing bad information to the police can result in a criminal charge."

Prince George's County (Md.) police are leading the search for Kahlil Tatum, says Lanier. She described it as a "very aggressive search." At this time, there is no reason to believe Tatum has left the Metro area, according to Lanier. She asked him to turn himself in.

Kahlil Tatum remains on the FBI's Most Wanted list for the murder of his wife in a Prince George's County hotel.

Lanier assured the public that "no stone is going unturned here."



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