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DC Police Positively ID Body Found in Park as Abductor Suspect Khalil Tatum

Body was found shot in the head in a shed near a football field, Washington Post reports.

DC Police said the body found in a DC park is that of a suspect in a child abduction, Kahlil Tatum. Photo courtesy of Prince George's Police Department
DC Police said the body found in a DC park is that of a suspect in a child abduction, Kahlil Tatum. Photo courtesy of Prince George's Police Department
By Mary Ann Barton

The body found Monday while police were searching for a missing child in a DC park is that of her suspected abductor, Kahlil Tatum, according to the D.C. Police Department.

"The body found yesterday in Kenilworth Park has positively been ID'd as Kahlil Tatum," DC Police said Tuesday morning via Twitter.

Police said the man, who had worked as a janitor at a homeless shelter, was shot in the head and died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, The Washington Post reported. 

His body was found near a football field, in a shed, the newspaper reported. Police said they could not immediately determine how long his body had been there.

Police and volunteers are continuing their search in the park, Northeast Washington’s Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, for Relisha Rudd, the 8-year-old girl who has been missing and is feared dead, according to the DC police chief.

Patch's Earlier Coverage:

UPDATE: Dead Man Found in Park 'Appears to Be' of Relisha Rudd, Police Say

UPDATE: Police Search DC Park for Missing 8-Year-Old Relisha Rudd

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Steven Spiegel April 02, 2014 at 01:05 PM
My heart goes out to the parents of this child! I have raised 8 children and now have many grand Kids and could not imagine what I would do if someone harmed my kids . I will be praying for the safe return of this child to her family . God Bless You and look over you in your time of worry and torment .

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