WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he’s directed two deputy mayors to conduct a review of the case of a missing 8-year-old and make recommendations about any needed reforms.
The mayor said in a statement Tuesday that there is no indication that government agencies or staff failed in the case of Relisha Rudd, who has been missing since March 1. It was Relisha’s many absences from school that ultimately caused authorities to go looking for her.
Her suspected abductor, Kahlil Tatum, worked at the city homeless shelter where she was living with her family and posed as a doctor to explain the absences to school officials.
Shamika Young, Relisha’s mother, provided employees of Payne Elementary School in the District with the name and phone number of the “doctor.”
After not receiving written confirmation of Rudd’s illness, school officials visited the shelter where the girl was staying with her family. It was at that time they realized something was wrong.
Rudd’s mother had allowed her to spend time with Tatum, and her family did not report her missing.
Tatum was later found dead of apparent suicide during the search for Relisha.
Gray also said he wants to move as many families from the shelter as quickly as possible.
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