Authorities have been searching for the girl, Relisha Rudd,
and her suspected abductor, 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum, since
discovering the body of Tatum's wife, Andrea Denise Tatum, in a
suburban Maryland motel room on March 20.
"We have tentatively identified the person we found today as
that of Mr. Tatum," Lanier said, adding that the man appeared to
have committed suicide. His body was discovered in Kenilworth
Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington.
Relisha Rudd was last seen with Tatum in Washington on March 1.
The following day Tatum purchased a carton of 42-gallon trash
bags and police said he was seen not long after in the area of
the Aquatic Gardens.
Last week the FBI released surveillance footage of Rudd walking
with Tatum down the hallway of a Washington hotel on February
Officials said the girl had been living with her family at the
same homeless shelter where Tatum worked as a janitor. Tatum
continued to go to work and was sighted in the city without the
girl throughout the month, until he disappeared after his wife's
murder on March 20.
"Our primary focus here was to find Relisha ... and we're not
finished," the chief said, adding that the search for the
missing 8-year-old will resume in the park on Tuesday morning.
Lanier described the search of the 700-acre park, underway for
almost a week on Monday, as a "recovery operation."
The FBI is offering up to 25,000 for information leading to the
location and return of Rudd.
(Reporting by Lacey Johnson; editing by Dan Whitcomb and Michael
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