DC Police request billboards 5 days after Amber Alert

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Center for Missing and Exploited Children says the Metropolitan Police Department has requested them to provide assistance in getting electronic billboards outside Washington D.C. regarding missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, reports WUSA9's Russ Ptacek.

The request was made Monday, five days after the Amber Alert, according to NCMEC.

Friday, Ptacek reported that even in D.C. phones were not alerted until more than four and a half hours after police announced the Amber Alert.

NCMEC officials say they notify carriers and billboard operators only after requests from police. Center officials say police did not immediately notify them about the D.C. alert. Officials say they were and still haven't called about extensions of Alerts to other states.

Tuesday night, MPD issued a statement in response to inquiries regarding the Amber Alert.

"I am very satisfied with the efforts of our regional partners to publicize the case," said Chief Cathy Lanier. "This has resulted in saturation coverage, numerous alerts being issued by phone and text."

The statement addressed publicity and law enforcement contacts, but didn't address any of the questions posed regarding implementation of the Amber Alert.

If you know anyone in Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland or Virginia, then please share this information about Relisha Rudd's disappearance with them:

RELISHA RUDD's INFO ON MISSINGKIDS.COM: http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1229904/1

Police say they believe they have issued proper alerts. Here's what Police Chief Cathy Lanier said during a press conference on Monday: http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/dc/2014/03/24/ambert-alert-dc-relisha-tenau-rudd-abducted-photographs/6837621/

We want to know if there could be a glitch. We're trying to get to bottom of this issue so Rudd's information will be entered into the Center's system and shared to other states.

WUSA9 reports The FBI has is now offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Kahlil Tatum, who is believed to have abducted 8-year-old Relisha Rudd and killed his 51-year-old wife.

Additionally, the Prince George's County Police Department is offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum. Tatum is wanted for first degree murder in the death of his wife, 51-year-old Andrea Tatum, after her body was discovered in an Oxon Hill motel room.


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