AMBER ALERT: Tatum's body found at DC park; suspected suicide

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Metropolitan Police Department Police Chief Cathy Lanier has tentatively identified the body of an adult male found at the search area at Kenilworth Park in Northeast Washington as Kahlil Tatum, the alleged abductor of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.

Officials said the cause of the death is likely a suicide. "It still appears at this time, it is a suicide," said Lanier.

Tatum's body was found in a storage building in Kenilworth Park Monday afternoon during the search for evidence in the Relisha Rudd case, sources say.

On March 1, Tatum was seen with Relisha. The next day, he bought a shovel, extra large garbage bags, lime, which helps accelerate the decomposition of bodies and spent hours at the park. Two-and-a-half weeks later, police say Tatum murdered his wife in an Oxon Hill motel, and then disappeared.

Police will continue the search. "We are not finished here," Lanier said.

Police say they have used divers, underwater cameras (for wells), overhead aerial surveillance type, hundreds of officers to walk through area by area over 700 acres, among other methods during the search.

"We have employed the use of not only hundreds of police officers and firefighters and we have used a lot of other means to search," Lanier said.

Officers from multiple agencies and jurisdictions have been searching the park since last week, when they learned that Kahlil Tatum spent time at the park.

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

Officers are not only focusing in the park, but also following numerous leads and tips in their investigation. One of those leads took them to a Days Inn motel in Northeast D.C. in reference to the case.


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