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Authorities release video of missing girl Relisha Rudd, Khalil Tatum at DC hotel in Feb.

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Surveillance image of Relisha Rudd and Khalil Tatum at a D.C. hotel on February 26, 2014. Surveillance image of Relisha Rudd and Khalil Tatum at a D.C. hotel on February 26, 2014.
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WASHINGTON -

It has now been six days since D.C. police issued an Amber Alert for missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. On Tuesday, law enforcement authorities have released surveillance video of Rudd and her possible abductor, Kahlil Tatum, from a D.C. hotel in February.

Prince George's County police has also increased the reward to $50,000 for information on the missing girl and Tatum.

Police believe Rudd was abducted by Kahlil Tatum, who is now wanted for the murder of his wife.

The surveillance footage of Rudd and Tatum was taken on February 26 at the Holiday Inn Express located in the 1900 block of Bladensburg Road in Northeast D.C.

The video shows the two walking down a hallway in the hotel. Authorities say Rudd is wearing a pair of pink boots and a purple Helly Hansen brand jacket with white stripes in the video.

Prince George's County police say investigators are working closely with the FBI and D.C. police and have traveled to several states in an effort to find Rudd and Tatum.

Police will not say where the two were last seen together.

But according to Antonio Wheeler, the little girl’s stepfather, Tatum was seen at the D.C. homeless shelter where he works last Wednesday. He then vanished when Wheeler asked him to bring Rudd home.

The next day, Tatum’s wife was found murdered in an Oxon Hill, Md., motel.

Although police say Rudd has not been seen since February, a police report says her aunt spoke to the 8-year-old on the phone twice last Wednesday.

On Monday, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier defended the way her department has handled the Amber Alert.

“The Amber Alert was issued as far north as Pennsylvania and Delaware, and as far south as Florida,” she said. “I actually pulled the Amber Alert that was issued through our emergency management agency. The very last Amber Alert that was issued was issued at 3:26 p.m. on Saturday. It is the most recent Amber Alert.”

But after checking state police websites in Maryland, Virginia and Florida, there are no current Amber Alerts.

Derrica Wilson, President of the Black and Missing Foundation, says she believes everything that can be done to find the child should be done.

"I just think that Relisha’s case should be at a national level at this point,” said Wilson. “One of the criteria for an Amber Alert is a vehicle and the three vehicles that were of interest in this case have all been recovered. At this point, we don’t know where she is and we don’t know if her appearance has been altered.”


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