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5 years ago today: 8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared in DC

Police, community continue to search for missing girl over the years.

WASHINGTON — Friday marks five years since the then 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was last seen.

Relisha was last seen on surveillance video on March 1 with Kahlil Tatum, a janitor who worked at D.C. General Shelter where Relisha and her family were staying at the time. 

A news release about Relisha's disappearance was sent out on March 20, saying she was missing and that she was possibly with Tatum. An AMBER alert was not activated until later that evening.

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On April 1, Tatum was found dead at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, according to D.C. police. Tatum's death was a result of a single gunshot wound, police said. There was no sign of Relisha.

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Over the past five years, police and the community have continued to search for the missing D.C. girl.

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Earlier this year, Relish's stepfather told WUSA9 that he still believes she is alive. This came after police had recently searched a system of tunnels underneath the D.C. General building. 

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