MARYLAND - The mother of a missing 8-year-old girl says she believes her daughter is still alive even though police are now calling the search for Relisha Rudd a "recovery" mission.
Thursday evening she spoke with reporters with NBC 4 in Washington, D.C.
"That's not a thought that I can have in my head right now," Shamika Young said. "The thought that's in my head is praying and staying strong and having faith that my daughter returns home safely and unharmed."
Relisha was officially reported missing on
D.C. police sources told NBC 4 Tatum bought contractor size garbage bags, lime and a shovel. They're searching a park for Relisha. D.C. police believe she's possibly in danger, and cannot ignore the possibility Kahlil Malik Tatum may have killed the young girl.
Police said she had been in the company of Kahlil Tatum, 51, who worked as a janitor at the homeless shelter where Relisha and her family stayed.
There's multiple rewards of up to $70,000 for information leading to the arrest of Tatum, and location Relisha. If you see Tatum, or Relisha you're asked to call 911 immediately.