Volunteers searching for 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, the D.C. girl missing since March, found what appeared to be bones Sunday in a Northeast park. But the remains were confirmed as animal bones by the D.C. medical examiner, Assistant D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said.

Police said the discovery was made at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, where the man accused of taking Relisha was found dead March 31 in an apparent suicide.

Relisha lived with her mother at a homeless shelter on the grounds of the old D.C. General Hospital. The mother said that in February she placed the girl in the temporary custody of Kahlil Tatum, 52, who was a janitor at the shelter.

After police began an intensive search for Tatum, he apparently shot himself in the park. The search for the missing child has continued since then.

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