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Statement from Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier Regarding Missing Child

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Several reporters have inquired about the activation of the Amber Alerts in the case of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.

I am very satisfied with the efforts of our regional partners to publicize this case. We appreciate the overwhelming support from the media and government agencies such as transportation agencies, fusion centers, state and local law enforcement agencies including Maryland and Virginia. This has resulted in saturation coverage, numerous alerts being issued by phone and text, highway alerts being activated, and tips received from as far away as Chesterfield, Virginia.

At this time, all known vehicles potentially associated with this case have been recovered.  We will continue to share information as appropriate as it is developed. The urgent priority is to locate this girl. 

The FBI has announced a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the location and return of Relisha.  A separate reward of up to $25,000 is offered by Prince’s George’s County Police Department to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and indictment in their homicide case, in which 51-year-old Kahlil Malik Tatum is being sought.


Cathy L. Lanier

Chief of Police