An Amber Alert was issued for 8-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd within hours of the discovery of a woman's body in a Maryland hotel room.Police found the body Thursday morning while searching for the girl. It's unclear whether the woman or her death is linked to Rudd's disappearance.
Rudd may be traveling in a white 1976 GMC truck with Maryland tags 305015, and may be traveling with Kahlil Malik Tatum and Rickie Sheridan Lyles, authorities said.
She was last seen Feb. 26 at a shelter in the 1900 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE. Police say the girl was picked up by someone known to the family, but she was never returned to her mother and had not been attending school.
Rudd is 4 feet tall and weighs 70 to 80 pounds. She has black hair, brown eyes and a medium complexion. Police said she may be in need of medication.
The woman's body was discovered after the Metropolitan Police Department asked Prince George's County Police to check a Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill for a connection to Rudd. In the course of their search, police discovered the body in one of the rooms, reported News4's Megan McGrath.
Prince George's County Police confirmed they are investigating the woman's death as a homicide.
Police had searched several rooms at the motel at 6170 Oxon Hill Road before finding the body, McGrath reported. Investigators are interviewing motel guests.
Investigators said earlier Thursday that Rudd may have been traveling in one of two vehicles. The first is a red or burgundy SUV with a Washington Redskins sticker on the back window. The personalized D.C. license place reads "KAHLIL." The second vehicle is a black Honda sedan with D.C. license plates EN-2051.
A red SUV and dark sedan were seen parked next to each other at the Red Roof Inn Thursday morning. It's unknown if they are the vehicles in question. However, Prince George's County Police confirmed to News4 that officers are investigating two vehicles at the scene.
Investigators had not initially called the girl's disappearance an abduction.
If you've seen Rudd, call police at 202-727-9099 or 911.