Search resumes for missing DC girl Relisha Rudd

A railroad bridge crosses the Anacostia River near DC General homeless shelter and RFK Stadium in this Jan. 26, 2018 photo. D.C. police searched this stretch of river, including under the bridge, for any evidence related to the disappearance of Relisha Rudd. The 8-year-old girl was last seen alive in March 2014. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A railroad bridge crosses the Anacostia River near the D.C. General homeless shelter and RFK Stadium in Jan. 26, 2018. D.C. police searched this stretch of river, including under the bridge, for any evidence related to the disappearance of Relisha Rudd. The 8-year-old girl was last seen alive in March 2014. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A railroad bridge crosses the Anacostia River near DC General homeless shelter and RFK Stadium in this Jan. 26, 2018 photo. D.C. police searched this stretch of river, including under the bridge, for any evidence related to the disappearance of Relisha Rudd. The 8-year-old girl was last seen alive in March 2014. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A railroad bridge crosses the Anacostia River near the D.C. General homeless shelter and RFK Stadium on Jan. 26, 2018. D.C. police searched this stretch of river, including under the bridge, for any evidence related to the disappearance of Relisha Rudd. The 8-year-old girl was last seen alive in March 2014. Police have long believed that she is dead but her remains have never been found. (WTOP/Mike Murillo) (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
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A railroad bridge crosses the Anacostia River near DC General homeless shelter and RFK Stadium in this Jan. 26, 2018 photo. D.C. police searched this stretch of river, including under the bridge, for any evidence related to the disappearance of Relisha Rudd. The 8-year-old girl was last seen alive in March 2014. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
A railroad bridge crosses the Anacostia River near DC General homeless shelter and RFK Stadium in this Jan. 26, 2018 photo. D.C. police searched this stretch of river, including under the bridge, for any evidence related to the disappearance of Relisha Rudd. The 8-year-old girl was last seen alive in March 2014. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)
Relisha Rudd (Courtesy DC Police)

WASHINGTON — New information led investigators to resume the search for 8-year-old Relisha Rudd Friday in the shadow of the D.C. homeless shelter where she lived before her disappearance almost four years ago.

D.C. police said that they searched the Anacostia River for evidence related to Relisha, who was last seen in March 2014, based on the fresh information.

They recovered no evidence however, police said

NBC Washington’s Mark Segraves was the first to report the search along the river across from the shelter. He told WTOP that searchers used sonar, boats, divers and cadaver dogs to scour the shoreline and investigate a sewer outlet in the river plus another spot beneath a railroad bridge.

Past searches have focused parks north of the shelter along the river.

The search efforts began before dawn and wrapped up about lunchtime, Segraves said.

Investigators have long believed Rudd to be dead but her remains have never been found.

Police however found the remains of her suspected captor Kahlil Tatum, who worked as a janitor at the shelter, in Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens weeks after Relisha went missing.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced this week that the troubled shelter would close this fall. Short-term housing facilities spread across the city will replace the crumbling structure that once served as a hospital.

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