Body in DC park believed to be murder suspect's

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Washington Metro Police and cadets search in Kenilworth Park in Washington, Monday, March 31, 2014. Police have been searching the park in northeast Washington since last week for clues in the case of eight-year-old Relisha Rudd, last seen in the company of Kahlil Tatum, a janitor at the homeless shelter where she lived with her mother and brothers.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the nation's capital say they believe that a body found in a park is believed to be that of a murder suspect who was the last person seen with a missing 8-year-old girl.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the body found Monday has been tentatively identified as that of 51-year-old Kahlil Tatum. Tatum was a janitor at the city homeless shelter where 8-year-old Relisha Rudd had been living with her family.

Relisha was last seen on March 1, in Tatum's company. Her mother had given her permission to be with him. Police started searching for her on March 19 following repeated absences from school. The next day, Tatum's wife was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in a motel room in suburban Maryland.