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Body in D.C. park believed to be murder suspect's

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By The Associated Press
Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON — A man found dead in a park of an apparent suicide on Monday is believed to be a murder suspect who was the last person seen with a missing 8-year-old girl, police said.

The man has been tentatively identified as that of Kahlil Tatum, 51, a janitor at the city homeless shelter where 8-year-old Relisha Rudd had been living with her family, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

“It appears the person we found here today was, in fact, Mr. Tatum, and it does still appear at this point that this was a suicide,” Lanier said.

“This discovery was a shock for us,” Lanier said. “We were very focused on finding Relisha, and that's what we came here for. ... We're not finished. That search is continuing.”

Police started searching for Relisha in the 700-acre Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens five days ago in an operation aimed at recovering a body, although Lanier said she had not given up hope that Relisha was alive.



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