Maryland Girl Missing from Homeless Shelter Believed to Be With Facility's Janitor; Police Searching for 8-Year-Old Relisha Rudd Discover GMC Pick-Up Truck
Mar 21, 2014 01:29 PM EDT
An 8-year-old homeless shelter resident is still missing Friday, after a car believed to be linked to her disappearance was discovered the prior day.
Prince George's County Police told the Associated Press that they'd found a 1976 white GMC pick-up truck that officials say transported missing girl Relisha Rudd from the homeless shelter where she was last seen.
Officials found the truck on Thursday in Hyattsville, Md., just shy of 10 miles from the shelter where Rudd lived with her mother and stepfather.
Police also found a woman's body while investigating the motel where the parked pick-up truck was found.
District of Columbia law enforcement officials said a woman who knew Relisha's family picked up the 8-year-old girl on Feb. 26. The young girl never returned.
The woman's remains that were found at the motel are believed to belong to the family friend, whose identity has not yet been released. It is currently unclear how Relisha is related to this woman, USA Today reported.
Police are considering the woman's death a homicide, according to the Associated Press.
Police first received news of Relisha's disappearance on Wednesday, when education officials from D.C. Public Schools realized the 8-year-old hadn't attended classes since the end of February.
Law enforcement officials in D.C. are currently looking for homeless shelter janitor Kahlil Malik Tatum, who some believe could be with Relisha. Authorities said Tatum might have moved Relisha to Richmond, Va., and believe the janitor could be armed.
An Amber Alert was issued for Relisha on Thursday.
The 8-year-old girl has been described as around 4 feet tall, between 70 and 80 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and a medium brown complexion, the Associated Press reported.