Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 1, 2014

Police: Body in DC park is that of murder suspect

WASHINGTON — Police in the nation’s capital say they have identified the body of a man found in a park as that of a murder suspect who was the last person seen with a missing 8-year-old girl.

Police announced Tuesday morning that the man found dead Monday with an apparent gunshot wound was identified as 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum. Chief Cathy Lanier says his death appears to be a suicide.

Tatum was a janitor at the homeless shelter where Relisha Rudd lived with her family.

The search for Relisha continues. She was last seen March 1 with Tatum, and police say the next day he bought trash bags and was seen in the park. School absences sparked the search March 19. After Tatum’s wife was found dead, he was charged with murder.

 

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