Girl's Suspected Kidnapper Found Dead in DC Park
No sign of missing 8-year-old after apparent suicide
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2014 2:04 AM CDT
This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Kahlil Malik Tatum.    (AP Photo/FBI)

(Newser) – Police searching a park in Washington, DC, for the body of an 8-year-old girl kidnapped a month ago have instead found the body of the suspected kidnapper. Khalil Tatum, 51, was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in the 700-acre Kenilworth Park, reports the New York Daily News. Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter where missing girl Relisha Rudd lived with her family, is also believed to have murdered his wife before he disappeared.

Relisha was last seen with Tatum a month ago but police didn't get involved with the case until weeks afterward. Her mother has told police that she never reported her missing because she feared her other three children would be taken away, the Washington Post reports. Scores of police officers are continuing to search the park, where Tatum was spotted on March 2 after buying supplies investigators believe were used to bury the girl's body. "I'm kind of mad he’s dead because I want to know where my granddaughter is," Relisha's grandfather told reporters.

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MattB
Apr 2, 2014 2:18 PM CDT
Hey grand dad! Where were you while they where in a PHOCKING homeless shelter? Why not YOUR HOUSE?!?!
Liberty72
Apr 1, 2014 8:45 AM CDT
Mom: I didn't report my daughter missing, because I thought my other children would be placed in a safe and stable environment. You're living in a homeless shelter, clearly the state needs to take your kids because you can't provide for them. Do what's in your children's best interest!
Corsica
Apr 1, 2014 8:31 AM CDT
What a classy, dignified looking guy. Where the fk was the mother when her daughter 'was last seen with Tatum....."? Whaddya mean "last seen" with him? Was she watching them as they walked away into the sunset? Unbelievable.