Police in Washington, DC are now calling the search for a missing girl a recovery operation, saying 8-year-old Relisha Rudd's abductor may have killed her.
The girl was last seen on March 1 with 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum.
Authorities believe he left Washington, DC with the girl after killing his wife.
Tatum was a janitor at the homeless shelter where Relisha was living with her mom and stepfather.
According to investigators, Tatum befriended the girl and took her from the shelter.
"We're not making any assumptions, but I think it would be prudent for us to search this area very well. We cannot ignore the possibility that he may have killed her," said MPDC police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Tatum has ties to Atlanta, so if you see him or Relisha, federal officials ask that you call 911.
You can also contact the FBI directly at 1-800-CALL-FBI.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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