Lead investigator updates search for Relisha Rudd

Police have been searching for Relisha Rudd. (Courtesy Metropolitan Police Department)

WASHINGTON — Next week will mark two months since anyone saw 8-year-old Relisha Rudd alive.

After D.C. police concluded its search of Kenilworth Park for signs of where Rudd could be, the investigation into her disappearance became less public. She hasn’t been seen since March 1.

But the lead investigator in the case says tips are still coming in.

Commander Daniel Hickson with the Metropolitan Police Department’s youth investigations division says there is still a lot of work to be done as they look into the tips.

“We’re progressing through the investigation in a methodical method. We’re following leads as they develop,” says Hickson.

Often one tip leads to another he says.

While nothing has given investigators an idea of where Relisha is, the public’s help in handing out information and looking in specific areas of town has been valuable to the investigation, Hickson says.

He believes that although some time has passed, there’s nothing the public doesn’t know that would help them in locating the little girl.

“Whether or not Relisha’s appearance has changed, we have no way of knowing that. But as Chief Lanier has said several times, we have not given out hope of finding Relisha alive,” Hickson says.

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