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DC Police Chief: Relisha Rudd Could Still be Alive [FULL PRESSER]

Updated: Tuesday, April 1 2014, 05:50 PM EDT

DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the physical search of Kenilworth Park in DC for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd should be completed by the end of the day on Wednesday or by Thursday morning.

"Our information was looking for potentially a gravesite when we came here, we started with cadaver dogs and search dogs for a reason," Lanier said at a press conference Tuesday. She told press that nothing new has yet been found in the search for the missing girl.

"We don't have any information that she has been killed at this point," Lanier added, noting that the investigation is "still very active" and asked the public to call in with any tips they may have.

"She could still be alive," Lanier said. "That's why we're still asking for the public's help."

Lanier said the discovery of Kahlil Tatum's body in the park on Monday was very much a surprise and that his body had probably been there anywhere from 36 hours to several days before it was discovered. Police say it appears Tatum committed suicide.

Relisha was last seen in Tatum's company on March 1. Tatum was a janitor at the homeless shelter where Relisha had been staying with her family.

Lanier said police have search teams on two shifts at the DC park, with about 200 people in total a day conducting the searches. As of Tuesday they also had dogs actively searching the area.

"We will bring in additional community groups and volunteer groups tomorrow," Lanier said Tuesday.

DC Police Chief: Relisha Rudd Could Still be Alive [FULL PRESSER]

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