Today – more than 2 years since she was last seen, new search began at the US Arboretum.
Members of the Harbor Branch will dive into a body of water on the property, and although it’s not huge, that could still take time.
Wednesday’s search is thanks to a tip. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier wouldn’t go into specifics, but says new information coming out, even 25 months after Relisha’s disappearance, isn’t unusual.
“It’s not uncommon for people to provide information that they’ve had for long periods of time that they didn’t provide initially,” says Chief Lanier.
It’s been more than 2 years since Relisha Rudd disappeared from from DC General the homeless shelter where she and her family were living. At the time, she was 8-years-old. Relisha’s alleged abductor, Kahlil Tatum, was the janitor at DC General. Tatum was found dead in a park a month later.
Since then, crews have been searching throughout the city, Kenilworth Park, the Botanical Gardens and most recently a construction site in NE in December. Now, less than a half a mile away from their last search location, a new hope for finding Relisha.
Relisha’s family was not at the search, only officials were allowed to participate. But Relisha’s grandmother told me she is hoping for good news, that crews will find her grand baby and bring her home. She also say she believes Relisha is still alive and she’s trying to remain positive.
Police say they hope the public will continue to send in tips to help find Relisha.