One pilot is missing, after two F/A-18 Hornets collided over the Pacific Ocean. One pilot was found and returned to the USS Carl Vinson. There is currently a search mission taking place to locate the missing pilot. Both jets were assigned to the Carl Vinson, on its way to the Persian Gulf to relieve the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. The incident is under investigation.
Two American fighter jets collided over the Pacific Ocean and crashed Friday, and one pilot was still missing, the Navy said. The jets, both F/A-18 Hornets, had not been recovered. One pilot was found and returned to the USS Carl Vinson, the Navy said. A cruiser, a destroyer and helicopters were searching the western Pacific for the second pilot.
ABC News: 2 Navy Fighter Jets Crash in Western Pacific.
The two carriers from the carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) crashed at 5:40 p.m. local time, according to the Navy’s Seventh Fleet. The carrier is operating in an area off Guam.
“One pilot was rapidly located and returned to Carl Vinson, and is currently receiving medical attention,” it said in a statement. “Search efforts continue for the second pilot.”
The F/A-18 fighter has a single-seater version, as well as a double-seater variant. The aircraft involved in this incident were single-seater F/A-18Cs.
The Navy has ended an extensive search for a missing fighter pilot aboard one of two F/A-18C jets that apparently collided Friday over the western Pacific. The missing pilot is presumed to be deceased.
The Navy’s Seventh Fleet issued a statement saying it had ended its search and rescue efforts for the missing pilot 36 hours after the planes had crashed into the ocean 250 nautical miles off the coast of Wake Island.
8 Year Old Isabella Grogan-Cannella Missing Since 9/2/14 in Bullhead City, AZ (Update: Body Found Near Missing Girl’s Home)(Update: 26 Year Old Justin Rector Charged with Murder)(Update: Autopsy, Bella was Stragled)
The search is on for 8 year old Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella who went missing from her home before 1:30 Tuesday morning, September 2, 2014 in Bullhead City, Arizona. She was last seen in her bed Monday night at her home on the 2400 block of Lakeside Drive (map). Police were called to the home early Tuesday morning, as “Bella’s” family told them that she wasn’t in her bed or anywhere in the house. According to reports, the FBI and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children have been contacted. To date, there has yet to be an Amber Alert issued.
The Bullhead City Police Department said Isabella Grogan-Cannella disappeared before 1:30 a.m. from her home, located on Lakeside Drive.
The girl, who goes by Bella, is 4’8″ tall and between 80 and 90 pounds. She has shoulder-length blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a green, sparkly tank top and dark shorts. She could be barefoot.
If anyone has any information concerning the child’s whereabouts, please call the Bullhead City Police Department at 928-763-1999.
UPDATE II: Body found near home of missing Arizona girl
Investigators found a body near the home of missing 8-year-old Isabella Grogan-Cannella, Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson said Wednesday.
Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the body, Williamson said, adding that investigators planned to finish gathering evidence at the scene and turn the body over to the Medical Examiner’s Office for identification.
He would not provide additional information on the approximate age of the body, its gender or condition.
A body has been found in Bullhead City, Arizona, as authorities — including the FBI — search for an 8-year-old girl who has been missing for more than 40 hours, police said Wednesday.
At a news conference late Wednesday afternoon, police said it was too early to know whether the body is that of Isabella Grogan-Cannella, known as “Bella,” who went to bed Monday night but wasn’t there when her parents went to check on her shortly before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. They said there were no signs of a break-in but that kidnapping was a possibility, and that they were searching the nearby Colorado River.
UPDATE III: 26 year old Justin James Rector arrested and charged with the kidnapping and first degree murder of Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella.
A 26-year-old man snatched an eight-year-old girl in the middle of the night as he stayed at her family’s home – before murdering her and leaving her body in a shallow grave, police have said.
Justin James Rector was arrested on kidnapping and first-degree murder charges on Thursday morning after the body of Bella Grogan-Cannella was found in Bullhead City, Arizona on Wednesday.
At a press conference on Thursday, Police Chief Brian Williamson would not reveal how Bella died or if she had been sexually assaulted. He said they are still trying to determine a motive for the murder.
UPDATE IV: Medical Examiner Released the manner of death for Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella on Friday … death was asphyxiation.
An 8-year-old girl reported missing from her Arizona home was strangled, authorities said Friday as they continued to investigate the case.
The Mohave County medical examiner released the manner of death for Isabella “Bella” Grogan-Cannella on Friday. The cause of death was asphyxiation.
Police found Isabella’s body in a shallow grave near her Bullhead City home Wednesday, a day after her family reported her missing.
Isabella was discovered wearing the same green, ruffled, sparkly tank top she had on when she was last seen. However, authorities said she didn’t have any clothing on her lower half and they are looking into whether she was the victim of sexual assault.
30 year old Hillary Sharma has been missing since August 19, 2014 in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula, Ohio. Officials continue the search for Sharma in the national park that consists of 33,000 acres of rugged terrain. According to her friends, Hillary Sharma is a hiker and climber and very familiar with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Hillary Sharma, 30, was last seen Tuesday in Bedford. Eastlake police reported her missing Thursday.
Sharma is described as being approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. She has dark hair and dark eyes.
National Park Service rangers are leading the search and the Summit County Search and Rescue team is searching the water, the park spokeswoman said. The Cuyahoga County Southwest Emergency Response Team and local police are also assisting.
According to officials with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Sharma’s car was found at the Boston Store Visitor Center in Peninsula, near the Ohio and Erie Canal around midnight Friday. this following after Eastlake police issued a BOLA, ‘be on the lookout alert’ Thursday, which led to a search involving many local agencies both on the ground, by boat and in the air.
UPDATE Friday, 2:40 p.m.: Searchers found some belongings in a remote section of the woods within two miles of where Sharma’s vehicle was found. The National Parks Service is investigating if the items belong to the 30-year-old missing woman. Sharma’s camera case was found inside her car, but the camera was not found. Her cell phone is also missing.
UPDATE Saturday, 5:08 p.m.: At this hour, dozens of people are searching for the Eastlake woman who’s been missing since Tuesday. We are finding out that personal items found recently do, in fact, belong to 30 year-old Hillary Sharma. Cuyahoga Valley National Park leaders tell us based on those items they are centering their search to a more defined area. That area is a few miles from the Boston Store Visitor Center where Sharma’s car was found Thursday. No more specifics were given on the items found or the area where they are searching.
Authorities decided during a planning meeting Monday to take a threefold approach to the search, according to a park spokeswoman.
First, they will continue to search the remote, off-trail area where some of Sharma’s belongings were found Friday. Although investigators spent the weekend perusing that space, the park spokeswoman said it is dense and difficult to walk.
Second, the search will expand to other areas in the 33,000-acre park, including the Cuyahoga River. The park has asked volunteer kayakers to assist police kayakers in searching the roughly 2-mile stretch of river between the Boston Store Visitor Center in Peninsula and the park’s headquarters in Brecksville.
Third, the park is seeking tips from the public about anything they’ve seen in the park or about Sharma’s personal life. A man who answered the door at Sharma’s Eastlake home Sunday told the Northeast Ohio Media Group that she’d recently overcome personal issues.
Anyone with information about Sharma is asked to call the National Park dispatch office at (440) 546-5945.
27 Year Old Kristy Kelley Missing Since 8/15/14 in Boonville, IN (UPDATE: Found Deceased, Missing Boonville Woman Found in car in lake)
27 year old Kristy Kelley has been missing since August 15, 2014 in Boonville, Indiana. Kristy Kelley was last seen in Boonville early Friday around 1:30 am. According to police, Kelly’s cell phone was found at the VFW. She also did not show up for work. Since her disappearance she has not been in contact with family or friends. Thanks to social media, a reported 300 individuals came out to help search for Kristy Kelley over the weekend. The search will continue Monday morning at 9:00 at Studio Bee. The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office is expected to be there as well.
Missing – Kristy Kelley
Authorities say 27-year-old Kristy Kelley of Boonville was last seen in Boonville early Friday morning and did not show up for work and has not contacted family members or friends.
They tell us she was last seen in Boonville around 1:30 a.m. on August 15 wearing a white and black sleeveless shirt, blue jean shorts, and sandals.
The Sheriff’s Office says there is no indication of any foul play at this time.
She’s believed to be driving a silver 2003 Nissan Xterra.
UPDATE I: Search party for missing Warrick Co. woman.
Several people from Warrick County gathered together on Saturday night to search for 27-year-old Kristy Kelley.
The Warrick County Sheriff’s Office told us on Friday Kristy Kelley was missing.
Thanks to dozens of shares on Facebook, a search party totaling near 300 looked for her throughout Warrick County.
They say Saturday morning they saw her picture all over Facebook and knew they wanted to help search.
“We’ve been here pretty much all day, just sending different groups of people out,” says Amanda. “We’ve had a tremendous coming in of everyone. It’s been really great, the feedback has been awesome.”
They set up a command center at Studio Bee in Boonville and waited for people to come. What they got is more than 300 people that came to sign up.
UPDATE III: MISSING IN AMERICA – Joelle Lockwood & Kristy Kelley.
Two young mothers, Joelle Lockwood, 30 and Kristy Kelley, 27, went missing this summer in southwest Indiana.
“We have not found a common denominator,” Sgt. Jason Cullum told local NBC affiliate 14 News, “but that doesn’t mean that we’re not looking at the possibility that they are connected.”
Facebook page: Help Find Kristy Kelley
Facebook page: Help Find Joelle
If you have any information on her whereabouts you should contact the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office at (812)897-6180.
Police have confirmed a body found in a submerged vehicle is that of a missing Boonville woman.
Warrick County Sheriff Brett Kruse says detectives identified Kristy Kelley’s body by clothing found on the body. A medical examination will be conducted Wednesday morning in Vanderburgh County.
WFIE-TV in Evansville reports divers found Kelley’s Nissan X-Terra in the bottom of a lake near Boonville. They removed the vehicle from the water and found the body of the 27-year-old mother inside.
6 Year Old Jenise Paulette Wright Missing in Bremerton, WA … Last Seen 10 PM Saturday Night 8/2/14, Not Reported Missing Until 10 PM 8/3/14 … Missing Person Case with “Suspicious Circumstances”(Update: Found Deceased)
Six year old Jenise Paulette Wright has was reported missing Sunday night at 10 PM on August 3, 2014 in Bremerton, Washington; however, had not been seen since 10 PM on Saturday night. She had last been seen by members of the family when she went to bed at her home in the 1400 block of Northeast Steele Creek Drive in East Bremerton. Jenise is is a mixed race of Caucasian and Filipino, 3 feet tall, weighs 45 pounds and has black hair. The search for Jenise began at about 1:30 a.m. Monday with deputies and volunteers in and around the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park. Searchers who were looking for Jenise Paulette Wright, including two tracking canines and a cadaver dog, Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson stated that Child Protective Services took an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl from the home Monday morning. Authorities are calling the little girl’s disappearance a missing person case with “suspicious circumstances.” Hmm, how do you not know where your six year old child is for 24 hours in this day and age?
Deputies and volunteers searched Monday for a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her Washington home and wasn’t reported missing for a day, while state child welfare workers removed two other children from the residence.
Child Protective Services took an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl from the home Monday morning, Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said.
Meanwhile, three dozen searchers were looking for Jenise Paulette Wright, including two tracking canines and a cadaver dog, he said.
Jenise was last seen Saturday night when she went to bed. Her family noticed her missing Sunday morning but didn’t become worried and call for help until that night because she had left the home on previous occasions and wandered around the neighborhood.
The missing girl’s parents have agreed to take a polygraph test.
The parents of a 6-year-old girl who disappeared from her Washington home and wasn’t reported missing for a day have agreed to take lie detector tests and allow a search of the home, a sheriff’s spokesman said Monday.
Both the home search and lie detector tests were in progress late Monday, Kitsap County Deputy Scott Wilson said. He said he doubted he would be able to discuss results.
The little girl’s disappearance was being called a missing person case with “suspicious circumstances,” Wilson said. Most missing children would have surfaced by now, he said.
Investigators, who now include the FBI and detectives from nearby police agencies and the Washington State Patrol, are “looking at the entire spectrum of possibilities: has the child sustained an accident? Has the child been abducted? Has the child come to harm?” Wilson said.
The FBI has resources “that we can only dream about — investigative tools, personnel that specialize in child abduction,” Wilson said. “We’re not calling it an abduction, but why not get those resources early on, examine all the possibilities.”
Jenise Paulette Wright : Pic- NBC News
According to her family, Jenise has left their home on previous occasions and wandered around the neighborhood with siblings or friends, but checks in every few hours. When the family awakened Sunday morning and she wasn’t in the house, they assumed she was somewhere in the neighborhood.
“She is a social butterfly, she’s the youngest, she’s a spoiled little brat, and she’s the princess of the household and she gets her way most times than the others and the older ones can’t stand it,” said the girl’s father, Jim Wright.
Police said the family became concerned when they hadn’t heard from Jenise by 8:30 p.m. Jim Wright said when she didn’t show up for dinner, he organized a search and began going door to door in the mobile home park. When they couldn’t find her, they called 911 at 9:55 p.m. on Sunday, call records show.
As dog teams scoured the Washington state mobile home park where she lived, police searched cars and checked identification at the entrance to the community. But on Tuesday the entrance was closed completely to non-residents and the FBI stepped in to take over the search.
“This is heartwrenching. Our hearts just go out for this little girl, and were going to do everything we can to find her,” Kitsap County Steve Boyer told reporters Tuesday. “We’re going to hope for the very best.”
Investigators are going door to door, asking to search every trailer and out-building in the mobile home park, and were halfway done with the sweep by Tuesday afternoon. They said they would request search warrants for all who don’t comply voluntarily.
UPDATE II: James Wright, Father of Missing 6 Year Old Jenise Paulette Wright, Previously Charged with Molesting his Then 8 year-Old Stepdaughter.
Anyone with information about the girl’s location is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office via the Kitsap County Central Communications at 360-308-5400.
36 Year Old Off-Duty Arcadia Firefighter Michael Herdman Missing Since 6/13/14 While Hiking in Mountains North of Filmore in Ventura County, CA (Update: Dog Matching the Mkie’s Dog Duke Description was Spotted Wednesday)(Update: Mike Herdman’s Dog Duke Found Safe)
36 year old off-duty Arcadia firefighter Michael Herdman went missing Friday night, June 13, 2014 while hiking in the rugged mountains of Ventura county in the Sespe Wilderness area north of Filmore, California. According to Capt. Mike Franke of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Herdman took off after the dog on Friday while he was hiking with a friend to Tar Creek Trail Head, which is off a dirt road in the Topatopa Mountains. Herdman was barefoot and wearing only shorts and a T-shirt when he was last seen by his friend, Taylor Byars. Herdman also had no food and no water with him.
Missing Michael Herdman - click on pic to watch KCAL 9 VIDEO
Michael Herdman, 36, and fellow firefighter/paramedic Taylor Byars hiked to Tar Creek Trail and set up camp along the Sespe Creek on Friday evening when Herdman’s dog ran away.
Herdman, who was barefoot and wearing shorts and a T-shirt, along with Byars, ran after the dog.
A short time later, the two men became separated, authorities said.
Byars searched for Herdman for nearly two days before he made his way out of the wilderness and reported his friend missing Sunday evening.
Deputies said it took a long time for Byars to report what happened because the camp was so far out.
Investigators said there are no signs of foul play.
Byars made his way back to the campsite, but Herdman, a seven-year firefighter veteran, and his dog, Duke, never returned.
Map – screen grab from KCAL video above
Rescuers scouring a rugged corner of California hoping to find missing firefighter have found the man’s backpack and footprints leading away from his camp.
Mike Herdman, 34, an avid outdoorsman, was on a weekend camping trip in the Los Padres National Forest with his buddy, fellow firefighter Taylor Byars. Byars told authorities he last saw his friend on Friday chasing after his dog Duke, which had run into a creek.
“We found his backpack. We found footprints in the directions that he was last seen going. So we are starting from there and working our way out methodically, rock by rock and bush by bush,” Buschow said.
UPDATE III: Dog Matching Pet’s Description Seen.
As efforts continued to locate a firefighter who went missing after chasing after his dog during a backpacking trip in the Los Padres National Forest, a canine matching the pet’s description was spotted Wednesday.
The sighting of the dog by search teams offered hope that Michael Herdman, a seven-year veteran of the Arcardia Fire Department, was alive in the mountain about Fillmore.
“We are all expecting to see Mike come over the hill behind us and be surprised to see us all here,” said family friend Mike MacGregor.
Civilian searchers with good intentions were arriving to aid the professional effort to find Mike Herdman, 36, but were ill prepared for the wilderness, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Eric Buschow said.
Additionally, a helicopter that had been used in the search was grounded because a private party had launched a drone into the search area, Buschow said.
“It is absolutely illegal to fly anything back here other than our operation that’s going on now,” he said.
It was not clear how long the helicopter was grounded for.
Search crews have located the dog of missing California firefighter Mike Herdman more than a week after he went missing in a national forest north of Los Angeles.
Officials said the dog, named Duke, was “exhausted” but in good shape. Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said there was no sign of Herdman and that the search would scale down starting tonight.
Update 2:24 p.m.: Search crews find missing firefighter’s dog.
Search crews looking for a missing Arcadia Fire Department say they’ve found the dog he went after when he left his camp ground, shoeless and without his gear. They still haven’t located Herdman himself, however.
The Arcadia Fire Department’s union posted a photo of the dog, named Duke, on their Facebook page Sunday afternoon.
9 Year Old Joey Cavallaro Missing Since 5/30/14 in Garretson, SD (Update: Body of Missing Boy Fund in Split Rock Creek)
9 year old Joey Cavallaro has been missing since Friday, May 30, 2014 near Garretson, South Dakota. He was last seen at Split Rock Park near Garretson on Friday at 10:30 a.m. The Argus Leader reports that land and water rescue efforts are stretched across the park, including Devils Gultch and Garretson. Searchers include members of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s department, Garretson Fire Department and Emergency Response.
Joey Cavallaro was last seen at Split Rock Park near Garretson at 10:30 a.m., Captain James Hoekman said.
Hoekman described Cavallaro as 4 feet and 60 pounds; he was last seen wearing red Sketchers shoes and short.
Land and water rescue efforts are stretched across the park, including Devils Gultch and Garretson. Included in the search are members of the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s department, Garretson Fire Department and Emergency Response.
If anyone with information on missing 9 year old Joey Cavallaro or his whereabouts, please call 605-367-4300.
A missing 9-year-old boy from Garretson has been found dead.
According to the Minnehaha Sheriff’s Office, the body of Joey Cavallaro was found around 9:45 Saturday morning in Split Rock Creek.
Searchers started looking for Cavallaro Friday night after he went missing Friday morning in the Split Rock Park area.
Texas EquuSearch Sues FAA in Federal Court Challenge Agency’s Order to Stop Using Drones in Searching for Missing Persons
Since when is a non-profit considered commercial use?
Texas Equusearch has sued the Federal Aviation Administration in federal court to challenge the FAA’s order to stop using unmanned drones in the search for missing persons. Texas Equusearch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been tirelessly been searching for missing persons for years and been using unmanned planes, drones, if you will since 2006. So once again we have federal government interference in the search for missing loved ones. I am sure this is what our Founding Father’s had in mind. Sorry, but I happen to think there is a huge difference between a non-profit organization searching for missing persons as compared to Amazon delivering packages.
A Texas group sued the Federal Aviation Administration in federal court to challenge the agency’s order to stop using drones in the group’s searches for missing people, the latest round in an intensifying battle over regulation of the sector.
Search-and-rescue organization Texas EquuSearch, which has used unmanned aircraft to help search for missing people since 2006, asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to set aside the FAA’s order to halt its use of drones. The group argued in a five-page petition filed on Monday that the FAA’s order has no legal basis and “is unlawful, arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion and not otherwise in accordance with law.”
The FAA said it is reviewing the suit. The agency suggested in an email that Texas EquuSearch could work with public entities that hold FAA authorizations to use drones, such as some police departments, and obtain emergency authorizations to conduct its searches.
The FAA has effectively banned the commercial use of unmanned aircraft in the continental U.S. It says the limit is needed to protect air safety, at least until the agency sets full rules for the devices—now expected by late 2015 at the earliest.
Is the federal government more concerned with its overreaching authority or helping the families of missing loved ones?
Tim Miller, founder and director of EquuSearch, said the Feb. 21 Federal Aviation Administration order prohibiting the operation of four drones has meant the nonprofit organization has not used them in three active searches for missing people in Katy, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Miller said the 4-foot-long drones have led to the discovery of 11 missing individuals and allow searchers to view large stretches of wooded areas, fenced property and bodies of water.
“I was hoping we’d get a response from them that was more positive and we didn’t have to go to this extreme,” Miller said of the FAA. “It’s time-consuming for us, and God only knows what the outcome is going to be.”
Brendan Schulman, a New York attorney representing Texas EquuSearch, said the lawsuit seeks to confirm the rights of nonprofits to use civilian drone technology for the nation’s benefit.
8 Year Old Relisha Rudd Missing Since 2/26/14 in Washington, DC … Amber Alert Issued (Update: 51 Year Old Kahlil Malik Tatum Wanted in Andrea Denise Tatum’s Murder)(Update: DC Police: “We cannot ignore the possibility that he may have killed her.”)(Update: Dive Teams Search Waters of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens)
An AMBER ALERT was issued for Relisha Rudd on March 8, 2014; however, 8 year old Relisha Rudd has been missing since February 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. She was last seen Feb. 26 at the D.C. Shelter for Families on the grounds of the old D.C. General Hospital in Southeast. Relisha is believed to be in the company of Kahlil Tatum, who works as a janitor at the shelter. According to the Relisha’s mother’s fiance, Antonio Wheeler, the mom gave permission to Khalil Tatum, a janitor at the shelter, to take her daughter. Relisha had been missing since late February, but here disappearance was only brought to the attention of police on Wednesday when officials with D.C. Public Schools realized she hadn’t been showing up for class. Better late than never, I guess. Relisha is described as a black female, standing 4 feet tall and weighing between 70 and 80 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, and a medium complexion.
Police were searching a homeless shelter next to a Washington, D.C., jail Thursday after missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd’s mother was taken away.
The mother’s fiance said the woman gave permission to Khalil Tatum, a janitor at the shelter, to take her daughter.
“She said she is at Mr. Tatum’s house she’s good,” said Antonio Wheeler, fiance. “I seen Mr. Tatum today and he said he would bring my daughter back.”
Wheeler said he asked Tatum again later.
“I asked him, he said, ‘She is my house… would bring her back when I get off work today,’” Wheeler said.
That never happened, Wheeler said.
Authorities released surveillance footage of Tatum and Relisha taken on Feb. 26 at the Holiday Inn Express located at 1917 Bladensburg Road in Northeast D.C.
The search for Kahlil Tatum led to the Red Roof Inn in Oxon Hill. Upon further room to room searches at the hotel, the body of 51 year old Andrea Denise Tatum, the wife of Kahlil Malik Tatum, was found dead. An arrest warrant has been issued for Kahil Tatum for the murder of his wife. The police believe Relisha Rudd is traveling with Kahlil Tatum, who may be armed and dangerous, either on foot or in a different vehicle.
Since Relisha Rudd has disappeared and the events that followed, according to Shamika Young, the mother of missing Relisha, DC Child and Family Services have taken custody of her other children three children, ages 7, 5 and 4.
Left to Right, Relisha Rudd, Kahlil Tatum. (Metropolitan Police Department)
A man has been charged with killing his wife and may be traveling with an 8-year-old D.C. girl who has been missing for more than three weeks, authorities said.
Prince George’s County Police have obtained an arrest warrant charging Kahlil Malik Tatum, 51, of Southeast Washington with murder in the death of his wife, Andrea Denise Tatum, the police department said in a news release.
The body of Andrea Tatum, 51, was found Thursday in a motel room in Oxon Hill, where Prince George’s County officers had gone to assist the Metropolitan Police Department in its search for Relisha Tenau Rudd, who was reporting missing earlier in the week.
Police say a truck sought as part of the search for a Washington, D.C., girl has been found in Maryland, but police are still looking for the girl.
Prince George’s County Police said Friday that the unoccupied truck described in an Amber Alert seeking 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was found parked in Chapel Oaks.
UPDATE II: Search for missing Relisha Rudd intensifies to area of area of Kenilworth Park. … Kahlil Malik Tatum May Have Killed Relisha Rudd.
“We’re not making any assumptions, but I think it’d be prudent for us at this time to make sure we’ve searched – and this is a very large area – searched this area very well,” said D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. “We cannot ignore the possibility that he may have killed her.”
The search of the aquatic gardens area of Kenilworth Park was prompted by evidence the man, identified as Kahlil Malik Tatum, 51, spent time there after the last credible sighting of Relisha Tenau Rudd, 8, on March 1.
“On March 2, we know that Mr. Tatum purchased, among other items, a carton of black, 42 gallon, self-tie contractor trash bags within the District of Columbia,” Lanier said at a news conference near the search area. “Not long after that purchase, Mr. Tatum was in the area of the aquatic gardens for a period of time.”
D.C. police spokesman Hugh Carew said dive teams were searching the Anacostia River in the 700-acre park in Northeast Washington, DC.
The search for missing 8-year-old girl Relisha Rudd resumed Saturday, with dive teams continuing to sift through the waters of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens for possible remains.
The search for Relisha, last seen alive on March 1, enters day three at the heavily wooded park in Northeast Washington.
It began with a foot search Thursday, after authorities discovered Kahlil Malik Tatum, the man suspected of abducting Relisha, spent more than two hours in that area shortly after purchasing a number of 42-gallon contractor style garbage bags, a shovel and lime on March 2.
Police ask anyone with information on Relisha’s whereabouts to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, the Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.
Washington State Mudslide Near Oso Kills 3; Searchers Now Looking for the Missing & Survivors (Update: At Least 10 People Unaccounted For)(Update: Death Toll Rises to 8)(Update: Sadly Death Toll Now at 24, Up to 176 Missing)
Following a massive mudslide that came down on their homes in Washington state, near Oso, three people died Saturday and at least 12 people, including a six-month-old baby, were were hurt. Three people were also in critical condition in the hospital. At least 6 homes have been lost and 3 people have been killed to date. Responders in Snohomish County to the mudslide called it the worst slide, the worst natural disaster, they’ve seen in decades. People have been asked to evacuate the area. Many are heeding the warnings and evacuating themselves and their animals; however, some are staying behind.
The slide cut off the city of Darrington and dammed up the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, causing the water to pool behind the dam.
First responders in Snohomish County called it the worst slide, the worst natural disaster, they’ve seen in decades.
“Think back to what Mount St. Helens and Toutle River looked like — and that’s what we’re looking at,” said Rodney Rochon of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
The National Weather Service said the river level dropped from 3.1 feet to 0.9 feet in the hour after the slide occurred, confirming the river was blocked by the slide.
Alert – Flooding expected after OSO Mudslide.
Sheriff;s office requested this Alert will update again in AM. We are lifting evacuation order during DAYLIGHT hours. You can go home, but be ready to leave. Will likely reissue evacuation order tonight.
After hearing voices pleading for help, rescuers were conducting an overnight search for survivors from a massive mudslide in Washington state that killed at least three people and forced evacuations because of fears of severe flooding.
The slide of mud, trees and rocks happened about 11 Saturday morning. Several people – including an infant – were critically injured and at least six houses were destroyed.
Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said at a news briefing late Saturday that searchers weren’t giving up on finding more people alive.
At least 10 people are unaccounted for after a landslide north of Seattle that’s already blamed for three deaths, a spokesman for Washington’s governor said Sunday.
At least six houses were destroyed in the landslide and possibly 16 were damaged, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reported. Seven adults and a 6-month-old boy were rescued and sent to local hospitals, deputies said. But David Postman, a spokesman for Gov. Jay Inslee, said the whereabouts of at least 10 people were unknown Sunday morning.
UPDATE II: Death toll rises to 8 in Wash. mudslide.
Eight people are now confirmed dead after a massive landslide slammed into homes Saturday near Oso, Wash., authorities said Sunday.
Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late Sunday. Earlier in the day, authorities said one body had been found on the debris field. Three people were confirmed dead Saturday. Tod Gates, incident commander for the Northwest Washington Incident Management Team, also announced the new death toll at a community meeting Sunday.
More people still were missing, and authorities said the number was “fluid.” Earlier Sunday, they said there were at least 18 people missing, but that was before the additional bodies were discovered.
UPDATE III: Unofficial death toll rises to 24.
Washington state officials say crews have recovered two bodies and believe they have located another eight in the debris of a massive landslide, bringing the likely death toll to 24 amid diminishing hope of finding survivors as the search enters its fifth day.
Two more fatalities were recovered Tuesday and another eight found but not yet recovered, in addition to the 14 deaths already reported, according to Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots.
The mudslide, which struck the town of Oso on Saturday morning, also resulted in as many as 176 missing person reports, but officials said they could not tell how many were duplicates. Authorities are keeping the official toll at 16 until the eight other bodies are recovered.